Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bill Miller ships and photos...

Another of Bill Miler recollections about the port of New York and respective ships: "Some years ago, I began assembling photos of passenger ships at New York. The group grew and grew. I felt it was a book idea and decided to list these ships alphabetically. The collection dates from the end of the Second World War, in 1945, and continues, although in less detail, to the 1970s & ‘80s. The primary concentration is in the 1950s & ‘60s, the great and sadly final heyday of the cherished, much remembered Atlantic liners. As these ships sailed from varied ports such as Oslo, Rotterdam, Southampton, Lisbon and Genoa, the Port of New York was the primary destination on the western end of the Atlantic. Happily and fortunately for me, I was born and raised on the very banks of the Hudson River, in Hoboken, New Jersey. It was like a front row seat in a great production. Hoboken faced across to New York City, its magnificent skyline and its long collection of finger piers. Amidst the tugs, barges and ferries, the great liners were the leading ladies. Sometimes, six of them would depart in a morning’s procession; otherwise, in high summer, there might nine or ten of them grouped together at berth. They created a fascinating, evocative, alluring collection. In ways, they were also like “friends”. The Queen of Bermuda, one of my favorites, came and went on a weekly basis; the big Cunard Queens rotated with either the Mary or theElizabeth each week. 
Late afternoon arrival: In this photo, I caught the Raffaello as she made her way up along the Hudson, just off Jersey City. Due to an Atlantic storm, she was 12 hrs late. She sailed, however, on schedule at Noon on the following day for the Mediterranean. The date is October 1973." 
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