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Furness Bermuda Line presents ...

The recently discovered promotional video, possibly a draft production, is approximately 26 minutes long.  There is a sound-track so you will need to turn on your speakers.  The first half (part one) is subject to revision and has been disabled.  We hope to re-instate the link in the near future.

This movie was made over 45 years ago and we have been unable to trace copyright.  In view of its significance to former ship’s crew members of Furness Bermuda Line, many of whom are portrayed in the film, we have chosen to publish in the public interest.  We would be pleased to hear from the original owner of copyright, if such still exists.

If you are able to identify any of the ship’s crew, please send their details to the webmaster

We hope to build up a list of  names.

The dining-room cocktail barman has been identified as Sonny De Silva by Douglas Hansell.

The second half (part two) - below -  is also subject to revision and has been disabled.

Listen, again, to the steam whistle of Queen of Bermuda

A recently found tape-recording of the mighty steam whistle of Queen of Bermuda can be heard, once again, by clicking on the link below.

The recording was made by Al(va) James, Assistant Purser, on Wednesday 3 May 1962 as the ship sailed from Hamilton, Bermuda.

Alva recalls, “I taped this familiar sound as the lead into one of  my audio messages for my family back home.  It includes the three long blasts from Queen of Bermuda followed by three from the tug Bermudian as she pulled away from the port side — underneath my cabin’s port hole.”

To hear the steam whistle of Queen of Bermuda, click here.

To hear the steam whistle, you will need a media player program on your computer, such as Windows Media Player or Real Player and have your speakers turned-up.

Photograph: Ian Denton

On The Bridge

A fine photograph provided by Russ Urry (right), former Chief Officer Ocean Monarch taken in the wheelhouse of Queen of Bermuda as she enters Bermudian waters.  From left to right, Captain Magnus Musson, Mr. Smith the Bermuda Pilot , Mike East 2nd Officer, unnamed Quartermaster, Emlyn Jones 3rd Officer, and unidentified Cadet.  If you can identify the Cadet, please contact the webmaster.

The Quartermaster is thought to be Alexander Blain from Bangor in North Wales.  We have to thank Jamie Whiteford, a distant relative for letting us know. 

A copy of this photograph is hanging in the Bermuda Maritime Museum.  It is thought to be the work of Howard Soares, Queen of Bermuda Ship’s Photographer and sourced from Richard Saunders Scope Associates Inc.

Remember this?

This is the marquetry panel (full panel, left and detail, below) that adorned the entrance to the dining room of Queen of Bermuda. 

Frederick Pillsbury, who owned the panel, has now gifted it to Masterworks Museum in Bermuda.  Click here.

Photos: Frederick Pillsbury

 

A Master at Arms on his rounds of Queen of Bermuda ... 

More from the collection of Allan Davidson ...

The familiar sight from the bridge of Ocean Monarch as she approaches Two Rock passage on a Wednesday afternoon.

About the two photographs on the right, Allan says, “Taken in April 1971 of Pacific Northwest, I believe this was the last time we saw the famous Furness red and black funnel in Bermuda.” 

“Albeit she was flying the Royal Mail house flag but her master, known to us all as ’Muss’, was Captain Magnus Musson, formerly master of Queen of Bermuda and Ocean Monarch in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Allan adds, “Muss, in his familiar posture on the port wing of the bridge was clearly identifiable but didn’t seem to recognise this photographer in the small boat on his port beam!”

For the report on Muss’s part in the rescue of ten seamen in January 1955, click here.

Photographs: Copyright Allan Davidson

Another rare video clip from the good old days …..

To see a rare video clip of cruising on Queen of Bermuda in the 1950s. click here

The video was first posted to YouTube for public viewing by www.MyFootage.com.  All rights acknowledged.

There is also a link to the video at www.bernews.com . click here

 

A fine shot of a Master at Arms on his rounds of Queen of Bermuda in foul weather. 

Photograph: Lyndon Cooper

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