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#OTD in 1912 – The Titanic, the world’s largest ship built at Belfast’s Harland and Wolfe, hits an iceberg at 11:40pm.

Just before midnight in the North Atlantic, the RMS Titanic failed to divert its course from an iceberg, rupturing its hull, began to sink.

The Titanic was designed by the Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie and spanned 883 feet from stern to bow. 104 more words


#OTD in 1912 – The RMS Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage.

At 7.30am, Captain Edward J. Smith boards Titanic with full crew. Third class passengers embarked at 9.30, followed by second and first class. Titanic sets sail from Southampton at noon heading for Cherbourg. 673 more words


Angelo Yerace was motor machinist aboard Landing Craft Tank at Normandy Invasion in WW II

Former Motor Machinist 2nd Class Angelo Yerace’s first taste of war came when he and the other 11 members of the crew of the LCT, Landing Craft Tank, he served on reached the beach at Normandy, France on Day 1 the historic invasion of Europe by Allied forces on June 6, 1944. 636 more words

World War II

French Navy Ship Flamant in West India Dock

On a grey miserable day,  we welcome the arrival of French Navy ship Flamant (P676).

FS Flamant is a Flamant class patrol boats of the French Navy used for fishery monitoring, search and rescue, and patrolling France’s coastal waters. 94 more words

Dock Life

15 Oct 64 : Sailing to America : RMS Queen Elizabeth 

Cherbourg, France
Thursday morning 15th Oct. 1964

Dear Mum, Dad, and Nigel

Well, another surprise letter, we were told we send letters ashore at Cherbourg, so here we are. 661 more words


The Boxers on the Titanic

Dai Bowen and Leslie Williams couldn’t believe their luck. The young Welsh boxers had been chosen out of hundreds of contenders to travel to the United States to compete in a series of boxing contests. 347 more words


“Amsterdam to La Rochelle” becomes “Amsterdam to Cherbourg”

After several false dawns of poor weather forecasts putting paid to Skipper’s plans to deliver Khujada 2 down to La Rochelle ready for family holidays in August, feasible weather and crew availability were finally secured mid-July. 135 more words