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Joe

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As a young boy I travelled to Canada in 1946 on the Aquitania, she was still under troopship conditions, i.e. Male and Female dormitories. Later on in the fifties I travelled on the Sythia and then the Ascania; all Cunard White Star ships. What away to travel? Probably explains my hate of today’s airlines and their attitude to the general public. With Cunard you were considered a customer and treated with respect even if you travelled tourist class.

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My naval grandfather told me that he went to Australia in 1927 with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on HMS Renown.  It was a royal tour that included Jamaica and the Panama Canal on the way there and New Zealand, Mauritius, Suez, Malta and Gilbraltar on the way back.  He was away for the a few months on board with them but told me that he didn't see them during the entire time.

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[quote user="woolybanana"]I remember the Braemar castle in 1952 to Cape Town and then in 1961, same ship, from Durban to Tilbury. What a stupid return that was.[/quote]

SA Vaal (Union Castle / Safmarine) to Cape Town in 71, drove from Cape Town to Zambia, 3000 miles in 6 days of driving, in a Peugeot 404L.
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