Ships Monthly - May 2012

Front Cover: Ships Monthly - Titanic Special, Last in the 3-Part Series. Titanic's Contemporaries by Bill Miller.

Front Cover: Ships Monthly - Titanic Special, Last in the 3-Part Series. Titanic's Contemporaries by Bill Miller. Volume 47, No. 5, May 1912. GGA Image ID # 1109d7c7f9

On the Cover: LD Lines ferry Norman Spirit arriving at Calais for berthing trials on 10 February before entering service in a joint LD Lines/DFDS Dover-Calais venture; see report on page 13. (Trevor Boston)



  • Waterfront
    Latest news of Costa Concordia and the container ship Rena, what happened to Costa Allegra, the collision in Belfast Lough, Thomson Cruises switch ships and Condor move from Weymouth.
  • Ferry
    Eurotunnel interest in SeaFrance trio, Stena colours for Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan, and DFDS-LD Lines Dover-Calais service gets off the ground. Russell Plummer
  • Cruise
    Braemar heads for the Olympics, Cunard and P&O announce get-togethers, Sapphire Princess completes three-week makeover and world's most expensive cruise announced.
    Tony Davis
  • Naval
    Canadian submarines ready for service, new naval tankers for the RFA and work on the future HMS Prince of Wales begins.
    Cary Davies
  • Cargo
    New container feeder design, Panamax carriers, and MSC deploys in the Pacific.
  • Tugs
    Latest news from the world of the towage industry featuring tugs from Zeebrugge, Netherlands, Norway and Malta.
    Jack Gaston
  • Ships pictorial
    A selection of ships pictured around the world.
  • Competition
    Win one of three Titanic models in our latest competition.


  • Ships mail
    A selection of letters from readers.
  • Ports of call
    Cruise ship calls around the UK in May.
    Edwin Wilmshurst
  • Mystery ship
    Can you cast any light on this month's mystery ship?
  • Ships library
    Reviews and details of some new maritime books.


  • Titanic’s contemporaries
    A review of the great passenger ships built between 1910 and 1919, contemporaries of the famous White Star liner, many of which became household names in their own right.
    Bill Miller
  • Pioneers of Creek shipowning
    A celebration of some of the first Creek shipowners with a look at the ships they operated. Roy Fenton
  • Ships of the Month
    Spotlight on Brittany Ferries' Portsmouth- Caen route partners Normandie and Mont St Michel. Russell Plummer
  • Norwegian royalty
    The 40th anniversary of the start of Royal Viking Line, one of the finest cruise lines of the 20th century, is marked by this detailed history of the company.
    Peter Newall
  • Boomers
    A history of ballistic missile submarines, which have helped to maintain the nuclear balance for more than 50 years.
    Nick Hall
  • St Paul and the Gladiator
    The story of the collision between the passenger liner St Paul and the HMS Gladiator in April 1908 during a snow storm off the Isle of Wight
    Campbell McCutcheon
  • View from the Bridge
    interview with Captain Ingar Neerland, master of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' popular vessel Black Watch.
    Peter Newall

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