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liner designs’ new & upcoming projects

Michael Brady


2019 is here and, although we found time to have some vacation, we have been hard at work adding to the Liner Designs fleet! This first instalment of ‘On the Stocks’ will fill you in on what’s new and upcoming.

 

NEW TO THE FLEET

SS Britanis by Liner Designs -  Learn More .

SS Britanis by Liner Designs - Learn More.

In December 2018 we launched a series of drawings showing SS Britanis and her sister and running-mate Ellinis. These two legendary ships had massive careers and carved out a space in the hearts of all who sailed on them. Browse the Chandris Lines page to see the full selection of Drawings!


 

works in progress

SS FRANCE

The immense hulk of the SS France is taking shape at the Liner Designs slipway!

The immense hulk of the SS France is taking shape at the Liner Designs slipway!

France was, for 44 years, the longest passenger Liner afloat and as such she will be the biggest Liner Designs drawing yet attempted - 1.9 meters long! Illustration is slow-going, however - there is surprisingly little material from which to draw from. Expected completion time is February or March of this year.

 

SS AURELIA

The diminutive Aurelia - an impressive re-build of a German cargo ship from the 1930s.

The diminutive Aurelia - an impressive re-build of a German cargo ship from the 1930s.

Yes, its true - I am finally finishing Aurelia. I first began this drawing about one year ago and never got around to completing it. Hopefully this month she will be the first Cogedar liner to join the fleet!

 

M/S Fairsea

M/S Fairsea in the early stages of drawing.

M/S Fairsea in the early stages of drawing.

Fairsea was another cargo ship re-build which post-war Italian shipping firms favoured so much. Although small, SITMAR’s fleet of liners proved a popular way to travel to Australia. It is my plan that Fairsea will eventually be joined by her running-mates Fairsky and Castel Felice.

 

TSS ORION

Orient Line’s TSS Orion.

Orient Line’s TSS Orion.

Orion was another legendary immigrant liner which carried thousands of families for new lives in Australia. She was structurally similar to P&O’s ‘Strath’ ships as they were built at the same shipyard - Vickers Armstrong. She will be the first Orient ship to join Liner Designs’ fleet which will soon include the likes of Oronsay and Oriana. Watch this space!

 

SS AMERICA

America looking the business in her red, white and black hull. This is how she appeared at the start of the Second World War - hence the hull signage. This was to avoid attack by German U-Boats at a time when the U.S.A was abstaining from the conflict.

America looking the business in her red, white and black hull. This is how she appeared at the start of the Second World War - hence the hull signage. This was to avoid attack by German U-Boats at a time when the U.S.A was abstaining from the conflict.

‘America’ was designed by the legendary naval architect William Francis Gibbs as a sort of rehearsal for his ultimate ship, the United States (which Gibbs had been designing on and off since about 1919!) This is a conversion of our Australis drawing which can be found here

 
Lurline - aren’t the Matson Line colours handsome?

Lurline - aren’t the Matson Line colours handsome?

The US-based Matson Line operated a selection of fabulous liners in the 30s through to the 60s which quickly became favourites and a regular sight in ports and harbours across the Pacific. All of these ships - Mariposa, Malolo (later Matsonia), Lurline and Monterey (later Lurline) - were also designed by William Francis Gibbs. First off the stocks will be the original Monterey as she appeared in the 1960s as ‘Lurline’ before being sold to Chandris Lines and renamed ‘Britanis’. Do all the name-changes confuse you? If so, good! They confuse us too…


 

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