The model is 100% scratch built with planks on frame construction method from the drawings. The hull is made of wood and painted. This model is not a kit and ready for display. Model comes with a display base and a brass name plate as shown photos.Specifications: 35.03"L x 4.72"W x 13H or 89L x 12W x 33H (cm). Launched on 30 October 1947, she served with Cunard until 1967. She was nicknamed the "Green Goddess". She is credited as one of the first "dual-purpose" built ships: suited to cruising, but also capable of transatlantic crossings. While being towed to Taiwan for scrapping, she was caught in a storm on 12 August.
After her tow lines were cut, she repeatedly crashed on the rocky breakwater outside Apra Harbor, Guam subsequently breaking into three. After World War II, the Cunard White Star Line operated three ships on the SouthamptonNew York run.
An outdoor swimming pool was a new thing, as was having bathroom / shower facilities in every cabin. However, unlike modern cruise ships her accommodation was divided into two classes on transatlantic voyages; First and Cabin. Both restaurants served the same menu in just one sitting and you were allocated to a restaurant dependent upon the location of your stateroom. On short cruises to the Caribbean and South America, every cabin was offered for occupation and often, like on transatlantic crossings, there would be two sittings for Luncheon and Dinner. To distinguish her from Cunard White Star's liners, the company decided to give her a different colour scheme.
Instead of going for the usual all-white cruiseship look, Caronia received a unique livery in different shades of green, making her highly attractive and instantly recognisable. The brand new RMS Caronia made her maiden voyage on 4 January 1949 between Southampton and New York. During her first years she spent most of the year on transatlantic crossings; only during the winter was she engaged in cruising.
In 1951 she made her first world cruise. From 1952 onwards she made transatlantic crossings only in August and September, with the rest of the year dedicated to cruising. In May 1953 the Caronia made what was perhaps her most famous cruise, associated with the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II (who had christened the Caronia six years earlier). Her world cruise of 1958 saw her suffer the most serious accident of her career. Sailing slowly out of Yokohama harbour to avoid collision with a U.
Naval vessel, high winds drove her against the harbour's breakwater, causing serious damage to her bow and demolishing a harbor lighthouse in the process. Fortunately the United States Navy allowed Cunard to use their drydock at the Yokosuka yard for repairs to the Caronia.
That same year Caronia's autumn cruise in the Mediterranean had to be cancelled due to political tensions in the Middle East. 1959 saw Caronia making regular transatlantic crossings for the last time. Competition from the jet airliner meant there weren't enough passengers for her in the North Atlantic trade.
From here her transatlantic crossings were repositioning voyages. The first each year being a Sterling Cruise, so called because all other Caronia cruises were paid for only in US Dollars, and taking a southerly route via the Bahamas instead of the usual direct route. Decreased passenger numbers in the North Atlantic also meant that more of Cunard's liners were rebuilt into cruise use and received a similar green colour scheme to that of the Caronia, which in 1962 were established as the line's official cruise colours when RMS Mauretania was repainted for cruising (though not otherwise significantly adapted for the role). In 1963 the heavily rebuilt and renamed RMS Franconia and RMS Carmania followed suit. By this time the Caronia's itineraries had settled into a yearly pattern, each cruise having found its ideal individual place in the calendar.To keep up with her newer competitors, Cunard decided that in November 1965 Caronia would be drydocked for ten weeks, new suites and a lido deck built, and her interior brought up to date. 1966 brought with it a seamen's strike in Britain, which upset the Caronia's itineraries badly. As a result of climbing operating costs, 1967 was the first year when the Caronia didn't profit her owners.
Due to increased competition, Cunard decided to withdraw her from service at the end of the year. Fittingly, Caronia's last voyage for Cunard was a transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton. Renamed SS Columbia, she sailed to Greece for refitting. Cunard had allowed Caronia to fall behind her maintenance schedule, and her engines needed a major overhaul. Her refitting was completed and she was given a new all-white colour scheme.Registered in Panama, her tonnage was now reduced to 25,794 GRT under Panamanian rules (which saved dock dues). February 1969 saw the Caribia embark on her first cruise from New York to the Caribbean. The voyage was hindered by a malfunction in her waste system.
Things turned for the worse on her second cruise, when an explosion in the engine room resulted in the death of one crew member and the severe scalding of another. The incident undermined public confidence in the vessel. The Caribia limped back to New York, never to make a commercial voyage again. Plans to revive the Caribia were considered for the next five years, but she remained docked in New York and her berthing debts continued to accumulate.German ocean tug Hamburg was entrusted with the task of towing the Caribia to a breaker's yard in Taiwan. The two ships sailed into a bad storm near Guam. The Hamburg's generators failed and her crew were forced to cut the Caribia loose to save their own vessel. However, before she could be cut up, it was discovered that she had come to rest beside a Korean War era landing craft that had sunk in that same location.
The Landing craft was loaded with tons of munitions including 22mm, 40mm, 5", and 8" shells. This required the careful removal of all of these materials before removal of the Caribia could continue. Her removal was all the more urgent because the Caribia's hulk totally blocked Apra harbor's entrance. No commercial or military vessels could leave or enter the harbor until significant portions of her stern had first been removed.
As Apra is the only deep water harbor on Guam, this made resupply of many vital commodities e. Petroleum products impossible or difficult. Her life ended just 25 years after she was commissioned. For some reasons if you wish to return the item, please consider not to open the item out of the wooden crate or open the item out of the styrofoam. You can open the carton box, lift up the whole wooden crate and check the models that are packed in wooden crate.For the items are packed in solid styrofoam, you can open the carton box, lift up the top part (styrofoam lid) and check the model. Please do not cut any strips or take the model out of the wooden crate or out of the styrofoam. It is very risky of damages to the item when you return if you open or remove the item out of the wooden crate or the styrofoam. The item "RMS Caronia 35 Ocean Liner Model Ship NEW" is in sale since Saturday, March 04, 2017.
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