Monday, June 21, 2010

A distinctive funnel

A very distictive funnel of a famous passenger liner with a long career of over fifty years, mostly cruising after two decades on transatlantic services and off-season cruises: the TOPAZ (1997-2008), one of the last steam turbine passenger ships in service when I took those photos in 2002 in Funchal, Madeira Island. It was the same funnel I saw in Lisbon back in 1963 as the EMPRESS OF BRITAIN (1956-1964),  and later on as QUEEN ANNA MARIA (1964-1975), then as CARNIVALE (1975-1993) in Miami, later on as Royal Olympic's OLYMPIC (1994-1997).
In 2008 it was the sad end for that handsome funnel, at Alang, India, where the TOPAZ was finally scrapped. She was a lucky ship as her twin sister EMPRESS OF ENGLAND had met a similar end in Taiwan in 1975.
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