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Queen of Bermuda passenger booklet from  30 May 1964  (above left) showing the list of officers.  Bryce Higgins’ Account of Wages from 1964 (above right)  -  note the length of the voyage, 14 months, and his monthly pay.

Queen of Bermuda as a centre fold spread in ‘Trip Magazine’. 

We are again grateful to Graham Higgins for permission to publish his late father’s archives and for the time he has taken to prepare them for website use.

More from the collection of the late Bryce Higgins ...

Queen of Bermuda in Harland & Wolfe’s yard, Belfast, under going her major refit in 1961.  These images are from the Belfast Telegraph and show the ship before and after modifications, including the funnels. 

We are grateful to Paul Connolly, Group Managing Editor, Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life and the Community Telegraph,  for permission to publish.

Onboard Ocean Monarch leaving the Mersey in 1965 ….

In October 1965, Ocean Monarch sailed from  Cammell Laird’s shipyard, Birkenhead on what was to be her last commission for Furness Bermuda Line.

In recently discovered 8mm cine footage and restored to digital format, Alva James (left), an assistant purser on that voyage and born on the Wirral peninsular, recorded that departure.

Captured as if it were yesterday are scenes of the River Mersey, the Birkenhead and Liverpool skylines, shipping of the time and amazingly, Furness Withy’s own tug boats.


David Townson (right) is a native of Liverpool and was also an assistant purser on board that last commission.  When asked to review the movie, David provided valuable insights and offered the following heart-felt reflection:

 This (movie) is quite a poignant piece of nostalgia, not just because all those ships have long since gone, but also because it shows a Liverpool waterfront that is now changed almost beyond recognition.  Here is the Royal Liver Building dominating the skyline as it should have continued to and, although it has since been sandblasted back to its original appearance, that patina of soot it had worn for so long somehow made it more elegant and solemnly majestic, like Queen Victoria in mourning.   Washing it all off seemed to erase part of the city's history.”

Technical stuff!

This video is just over 3 minutes long.  To view, click on the > in the centre of the image (left).

You will need a media player installed on your computer such as Windows Media Player and a broadband connection.

There is a soundtrack, so switch on your speakers.


Queen of Bermuda (above) in her familiar Front Street pose, 1959.  Photo: Allan Davidson


Queen of Bermuda and Ocean Monarch (right) at the French Line pier in 1964.  Photo: David Townson

From other collections ...

The Furness Cup ...


The Furness Cup (right) was competed for annually by football teams from Queen of Bermuda and Ocean Monarch.  Hard fought as the matches were, the bigger ship always won. 

That was until the 1964/65 commission, when Ocean Monarch trounced her larger rival by 7 goals to 1.

This 8mm movie relates the events that took place the following day, as Ocean Monarch took the opportunity to remind Queen of Bermuda of this remarkable result.

To view this enhanced digitalised version, you will need a movie player on your computer, such as Microsoft Media Player.  It has a soundtrack, so turn on your speakers and click on the > symbol below.

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ss Bermuda in 1920s movie …

Click on the link below to see ss Bermuda in Hamilton Harbour.  The movie lasts for about 9 minutes and the ship can be seen at about 4 minutes 25 seconds into the film. Thanks to Allan Davidson for this link. 

Home Movies - Bermuda (1920s)

“Scenes of Bermudian tourist life including boating, beach scenes, hotel life (ie. swimming pools, tennis, gardens), street scenes showing horse and buggies and waterfront/dockyard scenes”.

Allen Fraser.  For more information on the archives and these films, visit:

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