In Memories Of The Seas, several interesting passengership history facts can be found. In this part of the site, I added pages dedicated to Ellis Island and the memories of liner travels still to be found at the New York waterfront. Also, pictures can be found of the quaysides at Le Havre and Rotterdam. Hopefully, I will visit more historic ports where there are still traces to be found of the history of passengershipping.
Next to the ports, this part of the site also has a page called the Heritage Of Steam, where I will show some historic steamvessels that are still sailing the rivers and canals of The Netherlands. Here, we have one of the largest active fleets of steamships in the world and these ships are cared for by enthousiastic people who love to keep these ships afloat. The oldest ship in this part of the site is a steamtug dating back to 1873, actually she is the oldest steamtug on the European continent
After a visit to the former shipbuilding capital of northern England, Newcastle, I was also able to add the magnificent Turbinia to castlesoftheseas and because she is nowhere near the water at all, she also got her place in this section.
Queen Elizabeth 2, one of the last great liners, sailing silently past the Spaarnwoude nature area in the Netherlands, on her way to Amsterdam in 2004.
At the McDonalds in Southampton, large mural paintings of the great ocean liners that once set sail from the port decorate the restauant. I have never been in a more nice McDonalds than here...
Below is the tip of the Wilhelmina pier at Rotterdam, where the great Holland America liners started their transatlantic voyages to the new world. In the middle is the former officebuilding of the HAL, beautifully restored and now serving as a hotel, restaurant and hairdressers salon. The building is flanked by two gorgeous newbuilds, to the right the highest appartment building in the Netherlands, Montevideo, and to the left the office of Rotterdams harbourcompany. Within the Montevideo tower, the new European headoffices of the Holland America Line are now situated, and with that, it is the only company from the oceanliner days that still has an office at almost exact the same place as during the Golden Years of liner travels.
At the French side of the English channel, or La Manche of course, the quay once used by the ships of the French Line at Le Havre looks very deserted in this 2001 picture. Just where you se the big drydock is the exact spot where the liner Paris was burned out just a few hours before departure at the 19th of april 1939. I was walking here to find the art-deco railway terminal but I found just some piles of stone and large machines that just demolished it.
There are several, sometimes unknown places, where liner history can be sensed in various ways. Of course, the preservation of Turbinia in Newcastle, named above, is one of those places. Also in The Netherlands you can find historic items from a former Messageries Maritimes liner in an still unknown museum even in the region. Which one and what can be found also in this section.