Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saxonia, the ship (1954-62)

I've been scanning older photos, mostly those taken by my father in the 1950s and early 1960s, a few each day as time permits. In amongst those were some images of a cruise ship coming into Montreal harbour on June 25, 1957 after the Arosa Star which we were on had docked. It was only after scanning these photos that I was able to take a close-up look at them to find that the ship was the Cunard ship, the Saxonia. So here they are.
Here is a short history of the ship. The Saxonia was built by John Brown and Co. of Clydebank for Cunard in 1954. She was launched on February 15, 1954 and had her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal on Sepember 2, 1954. She weighed 21,637 gross tons, was 608 feet in length, carried 110 first class and 819 tourist class passengers and had contemporary interiors. The ship reverted back to Cunard's traditional interiors in 1957. Her sister ships were the Ivernia, the Carinthia and the Sylvania.
By September 1962, the Saxonia had completed 116 trans-Atlantic voyages when she was sent back to John Brown and re-appeared as the Carmania (1962-73) with Cunard's cruising green livery. To find out more about the Saxonia and its various other names (there were three) google the name. Feel free to comment. - V


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting.
I came to Canada from England (leaving Southampton) as a child in 1957 on the Saxonia.
I believe it was in June so these photos of yours could actually be the boat I was on. How wonderful to be able to see some photos as all I have at the moment is the postcard !!!
Thanks, Lorna

Lorna Stephens said...

Thanks for posting these pictures of the Saxonia. I believe I came to Canada on this exact ship as we sailed from Southampton and landed in Montreal in June of 1957.
I have the postcard from the ship but these pictures are beyond precious.
Thanks ever so much for posting.

SpiritMountainGuy said...

Lorna, sorry it took so long to reply to your comments but I've been busy lately. I'm trying my best nonetheless!