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Shipping Wonders of the World

Part 1

Part 1 of Shipping Wonders of the World was published on Thursday 30th January 1936, price 7d.

It was a bumper issue of 36 pages, all other issues being 32 pages. The issue included a superb engraving of the RMS Queen Mary as a separate insert. There was also a colour plate depicting the clipper Ariel, and a central photogravure supplement largely devoted to photographs of the Queen Mary. All these are illustrated below.

The Cover

The cover was designed by the artist Mr K. M. Sibley, “who will provide many of the informative diagrams to illustrate some of the chapters”.

Many of the covers were taken from photographs or paintings. Many of them were used as colour plates within the series.

RMS Queen Mary

Contents of Part 1


The Saga of the Sea

Merchant Ship Types

RMS Queen Mary - Super Liner

Engraving of the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary in Pictures

Romance of the Racing Clippers

The Ariel

Standing and Running Rigging

How the Modern Ship is Tested

To the Uncharted South

The Saga of the Sea

Man has written his story upon the water ever since he first went down to the sea in ships. Adventure has succeeded adventure, conquest has followed on conquest, and the wonders of the world have become known. This article is by Sidney Howard.

(pages 3-7)

Merchant Ship Types

A two-page illustrated article. The drawings are probably by K M Sibley.

(pages 8-9)


An introduction to the series by Clarence Winchester.  

He wrote "I have planned the production to satisfy both the layman and the enthusiast who is not entirely unfamiliar with the subject, and ... I believe that I have constructed a work that may well become ultimately standardized in volume form." The Title Page in part 1 is shown left.

(page 2)

Shipping Wonders of the World title page

RMS Queen Mary - Super Liner

An article on the Queen Mary by Clarence Winchester. Beginning merely as a number - No. 534 - this vessel has grown into Britain’s super-liner, a masterpiece of craftsmanship, a thing of beauty, and a crowning testimony to the brains and fingers of 300,000 people. You can view the British Pathe newsreels of her launch and of her maiden voyage to New York using the links below. This is the first article in the series on The World’s Largest Ships.

(pages 10-19)

RMS Queen Mary by Frank Mason

Engraving of the RMS Queen Mary

The “exquisite copy of engraving of the Queen Mary presented free with this issue”.

The engraving is by the well-known maritime artist Frank H. Mason. The editorial to this issue notes “Since we are launched in 1936 it seems appropriate to present to every fellow-traveller an exquisite copy of Frank H. Mason’s engraving of RMS Queen Mary. This you will find loose in this issue so that you may have it framed as a memento of a notable shipping year.”

Queen Mary in Pictures:

Photogravure Supplement

The central photogravure supplement contained three photos of the Queen Mary:

MORE THAN 1,000 FEET LONG. The shell of the Queen Mary in the early days of her construction. 40,000 tons of hand-wrought steel were used and four forests were felled to provide her with timber. Much of the skilled work of the riveters and engineers has been covered by wooden decks and interior decorations. Beneath these are the four main engines, contained in two engine-rooms. There are twenty-seven boilers in the five boiler rooms, with a working pressure of 400 lb per square inch and a steam temperature of 700 degrees Fahrenheit.

(page 17)

RMS Queen Mary under constructionRMS Queen Mary under construction

Queen Mary in Pictures - 2

THE MASSIVE HULL, partly plated. Every shell and deck plate in the ship overlaps other plates surrounding it. The width of the overlap varies from a few inches to well over a foot, according to the number of rivets in the overlap. Note one of the large lifts that were fitted to the sides of the vessel to carry workmen to the upper decks, over 100 feet above ground level.

(page 18)

The Queen Mary under construction

Queen Mary in Pictures - 3

LONG AS A STREET, LOFTY AS A TOWER - the Queen Mary is a striking tribute to the art and ingenuity of the modern shipbuilder. The steel plating of this ship would pave the main road from London to Nottingham, a distance of nearly 125 miles, The anchors are recessed into the bows to reduce wind resistance. One recess can be seen in this illustration. The anchors weigh 16 tons each and are among the largest ever constructed fro an ocean liner.

(page 19)

A graphic account of the romantic clipper ships whose mighty deeds have added such an immortal chapter to the story of the seven seas. The article includes a page showing “standing and running rigging”, and includes the colour plate of the Ariel. The article is by the consulting editor Frank Bowen.

(pages 20-26)

THE ARIEL of 1865

THE ARIEL of 1865 was one of the most extreme of the clippers built for the China Tea Trade. She had a length of 195 feet, a beam of 33·9 feet, a dpeth of 21 feet, and a gross tonnage of 1,058. The vessel was unusually fast in some conditions, but to get this speed her after lines were made so fine that it was dangerous to let her run before the wind in heavy weather. This probably accounted for her disappearance without trace in 1872.

Standing and Running Rigging

A full-page article illustrating the hull and standing rigging, and yards and running rigging.  The drawings are almost certainly by the artist Mr K. M. Sibley.

(page 26)

How the Modern Ship is Tested

On the Thames at Teddington, Middlesex, is the William Froude Laboratory, where wax models of ships are tested so that a designer can tell how his vessel is likely to behave in all conditions. The article is by Sidney Howard. Click on the small picture to see a British Pathe newsreel clip “Settling the Streamlines” which shows an Italian testing tank in use (1935)

(pages 27-30)

To the Uncharted South

Endurance, devotion to an ideal, and sublime courage in the face of death are inseparable from Arctic and Antarctic exploration. These qualities were never seen to better advantage than with Shackleton’s 1907-1909 remarkable expedition to the South Pole. This is the first article in the series Epics of Exploration. It was written by Lt.-Com. R. T. Gould. The article concludes in part 2.

(pages 31-36)