The latest issue of Ships Monthly is out now, and is packed with all the usual news and features, including an outstanding article on two classic liners, Rotterdam and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as stunning photographs of US Naval ships in the Panama Canal a century ago.


Waterfront – New ferry SSG Michael H. Ollis largest in world, the world’s largest vehicle carriers, RRS Sir David Attenborough visits London before her Arctic voyage, and use of Northern Sea Route grows.

Ferry – Ireland-Spain freight boom, Superferries go to Glasgow for the COP26 gathering, and the classic ferry Wasa Express heads to Egypt from the Baltic.

Cruise – Cruise ships refitted in Spain, Marella expands fleet, and Tradewind cancels its cruises.

Naval – Greece selects French frigate design, lessons not learned from the fire on USS Bonhomme Richard, and new Cape class patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy.

Cargo – Teekay sells to USA’s Stonepeak, Eastern Pacific Shipping buying bulkers, and nuclear carrier Oceanic Pintail recycled in Scotland.

Newbuild – Energy-efficient bulkers, New American Boxship for Hawaii, new electric hybrid vessels, and ammonia-fuelled ammonia carrier.


Ocean Liner contrasts: Rotterdam and Leonardo Da Vinci – Naval architect Stephen Payne compares and contrasts two classic liners from the post-war era: Holland America’s Rotterdam and Italian Lines’ Leonardo da Vinci.

Red Funnel part 2 – A look back at some of the notable paddle steamers which saw service with Red Funnel, in the second article to mark the company’s 160th anniversary.

Warships For export – Conrad Waters takes a retrospective photographic look at some British warship exports developed during the 1960s and 1970s.

Capturing the fleet – The life and work of Ernest ‘Red’ Hallen, official photographer of the Panama Canal, who used a glass-plate camera to capture important naval transits between the wars, with some outstanding images from a bygone era.

P&O Memories – P&O Ferries past and present which have operated out of Hull.

Maritime Mosaic – A selection of photos of cruise ships from about a decade ago, some of which have now left service.

Komarno Coasters – The town of Komarno and its shipyard have had a colourful and complex history, building many distinctive and unusual coasters.

Bridge Visit – Marco Carsjens, captain of Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Scarlet Lady, talks about the new cruise line and the new ship.


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