Passenger ships, flying European and American flags, such as the United States, France, QE 2, Rotterdam, Lurline, would soon be under foreign flags and served by foreign nationals. Stewards were no longer young Brits or Italians or French – but from Indonesia or the Philippines.
Lines such as American Export, Union-Castle, Orient, Italian Line, Swedish America – would be gone.
The once great merchant marine of Britain, America, France, Germany and Italy was over.
These are photos of British seamen taken during the heyday when the British merchant marine sailed the world.
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