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Shipping Wonders of the World

Part 15

Part 15 of Shipping Wonders of the World was published on Tuesday 19th May 1936.

This issue included a colour plate illustrating HMS Victory by Frank H Mason. This accompanied the article The World’s Most Famous Ship and the plate was also used for the cover. The coloured plate was attached to page 476 of this issue.

The Cover

The cover of this week’s part is a reproduction of Frank H Mason’s painting of HMS Victory as she is


Men working aloft in the Swedish barque "Abraham Rydberg"

Contents of Part 15

Ship Surgery

Britain’s Premier Passenger Centre - Southampton Docks

Adventures of the Ice-Breaker

Two Great Racing Rivals

River Plate Type Cross-Channel Ship

The World’s Most Famous Ship

HMS Victory (colour plate)

The Mighty Amazon

Ship Surgery

The story of the Suevic, concluded from part 14.

(pages 453-454)

Britain’s Premier Passenger Centre

A home for the world's largest ocean-going liners, the fourth port in Great Britain for exports, Southampton’s record is one of continuous progress and achievement. This chapter is by Sidney Howard, and is the fourth article in the series Great Ports of the World.

(pages 360-367)

Two Great Racing Rivals

The Brilliant and the Pericles, two fine-lined sailing vessels, were built for the Australian route. Year after year they engaged in some of the most exciting races on record. The article was written by Frank Bowen and is the fifth in the series Speed Under Sail.

(pages 467-470)

Adventures of the Ice-Breaker

Time lost through laid-up or delayed shipping is one of the most serious problems that port and shipping authorities must face. Fog and ice are chiefly responsible for any such delay. This chapter, by Frank Bowen, describes the work of the vessels that free ice-bound trade routes.

(pages 462-466)

River Plate Type Cross-Channel Ship

At the mouth of the big River Plate waterway system lie the important ports of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. It is necessary to cater for the busy traffic between these towns by means of a fast overnight service. British shipbuilders just before the war of 1914-1918 constructed two vessels for this work, the Ciudad de Buenos Aires and Ciudad de Montevideo. Accommodation for 494 first-class passengers is arranged on a long, narrow, shallow hull with a draft of only 10 feet, and a total height from keel to awning deck of only 23 ft 3 in, and a beam of 44 feet.

 This is the tenth article in the series Merchant Ship Types.

(page 471)

The World’s Most Famous Ship

HMS Victory has played a noble part in the making of British naval history. To-day, restored to her Trafalgar condition, she is a monument to, and a proud link with, a great tradition. This chapter is written by Frank Bowen.

(Pages 472-476)

Nelson’s Flagship as She is


An impression of HMS Victory by Frank H Mason. In 1922 the fabric of this famous ship was in danger of falling to pieces. An appeal was started and, largely because of the generosity of Sir James Caird, the well-known shipowner, enough money was raised to enable the Victory to be reconstructed and restored to the condition of her Trafalgar days. She was put in an iron cradle and, encased in cement, carefully preserved in dry dock at Portsmouth Dockyard.

(Between pages 476-477)

The Mighty Amazon

South America’s great waterway with its many tributaries is a strange and remarkable ocean highway that leads to the heart of a continent. This is the fourth article in the series World Waterways.

The article is by Sidney Howard and is concluded in part 16.

(pages 477-484)

HMS Victory by Frank Mason