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Shipping Wonders of the World

Part 2



Part 2 of Shipping Wonders of the World was published on Thursday 6th February 1936.


It was a standard issue of 32 pages. It included a superb centrefold colour plate illustrating flags and signals, forming part of the article on Signalling at Sea. There was no photogravure supplement.






The Cover

There were no editorial notes to accompany this week’s cover design.


Contents of Part 2


To the Uncharted South

The Gateway to the Orient (The Suez Canal)

The Thermopylae and the Cutty Sark

Signalling at Sea

Flags and Their Meanings (Colour Plates)

Building a Liner

Sea-Going Train and Motor-Car Ferry

Diving for £1,000,000




To the Uncharted South


The story of Shackleton’s 1907-1909 remarkable expedition to the South Pole, written by Lt.-Com. R. T. Gould, and concluded from part 1.

This is the first article in the series Epics of Exploration.

(pages 37-38)




The Gateway to the Orient


A corridor between East and West, a vital link with the destiny of nations, and a short cut to India, the Suez Canal looms large in the story of the sea. This chapter is by Sidney Howard and is the first article in the series on World Waterways.

(pages 39-45)



This link is to a British Pathe newsreel made in 1920 on the Suez Canal, There is no sound to this clip.








The Thermopylae and the Cutty Sark


Two rival racing clippers that thrilled the world and brought fame to their masters on epoch-making voyages across the oceans. This article is by Frank Bowen and is the first article in the series Speed Under Sail.

(pages 46-50)



Signalling at Sea


The development of marine communications from the makeshifts of the sixteenth century to the fine art of to-day, exemplified by the revised International Signal Code of 1934. The article is by F A Bex and includes a two-page colour plate which is illustrated below. There is a complementary article on Flags and Ensigns in part 54.

(pages 51-54)



Flags and Their Meanings  



























FLAGS AND THEIR MEANING (left hand illustration)

1. Union Flag, flown at the bow by all warships when at anchor ; 2. White Ensign, flown by H.M. warships and yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron (R.Y.S.) ; 3. Blue Ensign - R.N.R. ensign, flown by merchant ships commanded by R.N. retired and R.N.R. officers, in certain conditions, and by approved members of certain yacht clubs ; 4. Red Ensign, flown by all other merchant ships ; 5. Royal Standard ; 6. Admiralty Flag ; 7. Trinity House Flag 8. Lloyd’s Ensign, flown at signal stations.


INTERNATIONAL CODE OF SIGNALS (right hand illustration)

A-Undergoing Speed Trial; B-I am taking in or unloading explosives; C-Yes (affirmative); D-Keep clear of me. I am manoeuvring with difficulty; E-I am altering course to starboard; F-I am disabled - communicate with me; G-I require a pilot; H-I have a pilot on board; I-I am altering course to port; J-I am going to send a message by semaphore; K-You should stop your vessel instantly; L-You should stop. I have something important to communicate; M-I have a doctor on board; N-No (negative); O-Man overboard!; P-(Blue Peter—in harbour ; At sea—your lights are out); Q-My vessel is healthy. I request free pratique; R-The way is off my ship; S-Engines are going astern; T-Do not pass ahead of me; U-You are standing into danger; V-I require assistance; W-I require medical assistance; X-Stop carrying out your intention and watch my signals; Y-I am carrying mails; Z-Used to address or call shore signal stations.

9. British Pilot Signal. (Is also flown at the bow by ship which is flying pilot flag H, or No. 23.); 10. Engines going astern; 11. The Blue Peter - vessel about to sail; 12. Quarantine Flag; 13. International Code Pilot Signal (P.T.); 14. Customs House Flag; 15. War Department Flag; 16. Distress Signal. (Letters N.C. of International Code.); 17. Distress Distant Signal. (Seldom used.); 18. Admiral of the Fleet - when flown at the foremast head. (See also No. 1.); 19. Admiral; 20. Vice-Admiral; 21. Rear-Admiral; 22. Commodore’s Broad Pennant; 23. British Pilot Boat Flag; 24. Blue Ensign, flown by Fleet Auxiliaries; 25. Canadian Merchant Ensign; 26. Australian Merchant Ensign; 27. Royal Mail; 28. Cone warning of Northerly Gale; 29. Cone warning of Southerly Gale.




Building a Liner


When the architect of a vessel has finished his preliminary work the construction begins, entailing skill and labour that may endure from six months to six years. The article is by the consulting editor A C Hardy.

(pages 55-61)




Merchant Ship Types No.1: Sea-Going Train and Motor-Car Ferry


THE train ferry must carry railway carriages, freight cars and sometimes locomotives on her main deck. In addition, sleeping and dining accommodation for passengers and, in many modem ships, a garage are essential. Since much of the heavy cargo is on deck, the hull - as will be seen - is a broad, shallow one, and there is ample space below the deck for machinery. To prevent any twisting due to corner loading, the hull must be stiffened with strong fore-and-aft girders. A different type of train ferry is illustrated in part 22. This is the first article in a long-running series illustrating various Merchant Ship Types.

(page 62)



Diving for £1,000,000


Weary toil and frustrated hopes were the lot of the indomitable men who salvaged the gold and silver from the Egypt, which for eight years lay undisturbed more than seventy fathoms below the surface of the sea. The article was written by David Masters and is the first in the series on Dramas of Salvage. The article concludes in part 3.

(pages 63-68)