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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)



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)