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Filename: EAW022293.jpg

Size: 4350 x 4328 (10.9MB)

Date: 14th February 2017

Source: Historic England

Credit: © Historic England Archive. Aer

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RMS Aquitania EAW022293

RMS Aquitania at the New Docks (Western Docks), Southampton. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd in April 1949. Aquitania was scrapped in 1950

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative aerial photograph captures the majestic RMS Aquitania at the New Docks, also known as the Western Docks, in Southampton, England, in April 1949. The RMS Aquitania, a historic ocean liner, is shown gracefully anchored in the harbor, its hull reflecting the shimmering waters of the Solent. Built in 1899, the Aquitania was once a symbol of luxury and elegance, having set numerous records for transatlantic crossings and carrying thousands of passengers on voyages between Europe and North America. The image offers a unique perspective of the ship's grandeur, with its distinctive funnels and elegant lines visible from above. Surrounding the Aquitania, the sprawling New Docks are bustling with activity, as other vessels and cargo are loaded and unloaded. The photograph also reveals the intricate network of cranes, roads, and railways that facilitated the efficient operation of the dockyard. Sadly, the RMS Aquitania's days as a luxury liner were numbered. The post-war era brought about a decline in transatlantic travel, and the ship was eventually scrapped in 1950. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of a bygone era, when ocean liners like the RMS Aquitania ruled the waves and brought the world closer together. This photograph is part of the Historic England Archive, which preserves and protects England's rich heritage. The image is courtesy of Aerofilms Ltd, who captured this moment in time with their aerial photography expertise. The photograph's copyright is owned by Historic England.

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