Sunday, September 23, 2012

"MARCONI's" funnel second chapter

 "GUGLIELMO MARCONI's" funnel featured a novel telescopic top designed to be raised at sea to better disperse fumes and lowered when in port to maintain better looking appearances. The funnel was innovative and the design was a source of inspiration for many ships to come. The photo above, copyright Luis Miguel Correia taken in 1976 is one of the best examples of the elegant profile of this beautiful funnel, vapour can also be seen coming out from one of her whistles and how amazingly it sounded, this was taken in Lisbon when the ship was sailing for ITALIA LINE on the European to South America route, once ready for sea and after crew announcements, she used to sound her incredible whistles 30 and 10 minutes before departure and then of course when released from her moorings helped by two to three tugs. Photos below taken in May 1976 when I sailed on the ship, precious moments that very much seem like lived yesterday

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