Ships Monthly July  2021

The latest issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and as usual it is packed with news and in-depth features, including a focus on the famous liners Normandie and Cameronia, the naval history of Tiger class cruisers and some classic ferries that have seen 40 years of service.

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NEWS

Waterfront – CMA CGM orders 22 more ships, Stena’s next E-Flexer floated out in China, Global Mercy completes sea trials, and historic tug Buzz scrapped.

Ferry – Start of full sailing schedules delayed, Baltic super-ferry Mariella moves south to new waters, and call for Irish Sea Common travel area.

Cruise – The latest changes in the American Market, Boudicca reaches end of road, and UK restart gets under way.

Naval – Operation Fortis sails for the Far East, Overseas Patrol Squadron gets new paintwork, and Type 31 frigate names announced.

Cargo – New ore carrier fitted with rotors, container ships to get sail power, Suez Canal expansion, and ore carrier Berge Stahl to be broken up.

Preservation – HMS Belfast reopens to the public in London, passenger vessel Latis up for sale, tall ship Pelican goes on tour of UK, and Dunkirk tribute to Prince.

 

FEATURES

Normandie – Normandie, built for the French Line, entered service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship afloat and enjoyed a short but glorious career.

Cameronia – Recalling the long and varied career of the Anchor liner Cameronia, which was the first British liner built after World War I.

Tiger class cruisers – The history of the Royal Navy’s three Tiger class light cruisers, first conceived during World War II.

Liners to Cruising – A brief overview of some famous liners which were converted for cruising as the liner trade declined and cruising took over.

Tale of two victors – The careers of two ships which passed to the independent Lithuanian Shipping Company in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, which traded as Victor and Julia. One of these ships came to prominence in France for the wrong reasons.

Sietas Coasters – Photographic feature of ships built by J.J. Sietas in Hamburg, a well-known shipbuilder in Europe, which specialised in building small coasters for shortsea work.

Port of River Plate – A look at the history of shipping on South America’s River Plate and the various ports.

Veteran ferries – Ferries which have completed four decades of service, with a focus on veterans from the Med fleet of Moby Lines, including Moby Dada, Finlandia, Baltivia and Stena Saga.