On the Stocks - May 2019
LINER DESIGNS’ NEW & UPCOMING PROJECTS
Well its been a little while since last we shared what we’ve been up to - and I can promise you we have not been much at rest! This month we introduce no more than six completely new ships to the Liner Designs fleet and give you some updates on a few more projects which are coming along nicely and due for release in the next few months.
NEW TO THE FLEET
M/N GALILEO GALILEI
& GUGLIELMO MARCONI
One of my favourite ship drawings to date - I am pleased to introduce the Galileo Galilei and her sister Guglielmo Marconi. This Italian behemoth was a passenger-favourite and an unbelievably advanced liner at the time of her launch. On top of this though, the two sisters were incredibly beautiful to look at! Guglielmo Marconi will be added to the site soon but you can learn more about Galileo here.
M/N AUSTRALIA, M/N OCEANIA
& M/N NEPTUNIA
Joining Galileo and Marconi in the Lloyd Triestino line-up are three near-identical sisters who helped pave the way for the line when they seriously began to rebuild following the Second World War. Australia, Neptunia and Oceania were workhorse passenger-freight liners which are today almost forgotten to history - they were not revolutionary but they brought a new standard of modern comfort to Triestino passengers. We’ve only added Australia to the website so far - but the rest will follow soon! Learn more here.
Promotional material for these three sisters highlights the simple-yet-elegant interiors and, above all else, the menu! The three sisters were eventually sold to Italian Line.
SS KRONPRINZESSIN CECILIE
Although for English-speakers Cecilie’s name comes across as ungainly, nobody could possible say that of the ship herself; the very embodiment of an early 20th century ‘greyhound’. The last of Norddeutscher Lloyd’s ‘Four Flyers’, Cecilie boasted the largest steam reciprocating engines ever fitted to a ship. For a Liner Designs first, this drawing is offered for full download - for FREE! Learn more here;
WORKS IN PROGRESS
RMS Queen Mary
Not only will Queen Mary be the largest Liner Designs image ever attempted - she will also be the most accurate illustration of Queen Mary yet made! I’ve gone to great efforts to include accurate rivet patterns, reinforcing plates and all the rest - but the downside is that, with 6.5’ of full to draw, this is a time-consuming process. As such she will also likely be Liner Designs most anticipated drawing of 2019! If you’re excited about her, let us know in the comments!
Another client commission - M/N Begoña certainly had an interesting career! Beginning life as a Victory Ship, she was sold to SITMAR and rebuilt as Castel Bianco. Sold to the Spanish Line, she would operate services between Spain and South America deviating twice to carry imigrants and brides to Australia in 1957. Once the drawing’s complete I’ll convert her to how she looked in SITMAR service. Typically of SITMAR, Begoña’s was a beautifully-executed rebuild on a Victory Ship hull.
Look, we know we said America would be finished way back in January - but what we meant was that it would really be ready in June! Jokes aside, apologies to those who have been waiting up on this American beauty - we’ve been snowed under with other projects and just haven’t been able to dedicate the time. That said, I began to add rivets to the hull this month and hope especially to have it ready soon. Stay tuned!
Often I will make a start on a big project and get interrupted halfway through by a paid commission. This is not necessarily a problem - but it means that projects are constantly being shuffled about. As such I am happy to announce that I will be working on these three new ships for commissions over the next month. This will effect the time I can put into Queen Mary and the rest - but its all in the name of growing the fleet!
SS New Australia, Shaw-Savill Line circa 1954
MS Wanganella, Huddart Parker circa 1958
TEV Maori, Union Steam Ship Company, circa 1965
Until next time,
Chief Illustrator, Liner Designs & Illustration