Friday, July 1, 2022
Built in Newport News, Virginia, in 1931, the SS Florida accommodated 612 passengers in first class and 130 in second class. P. & O. owned and operated this liner from Florida throughout her 37-year career, except for 4 years in World War II. Originally the SS Florida connected Tampa, Key West and Havana. In 1934 service was transferred to a Miami--Havana route; in 1954 a weekly Miami--Nassau round-trip was tried briefly to compete with the Eastern Steamship Line, but the Florida was reverted back to three times a week Miami-Havana round-trip sailings. The fare included transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals.
Finally in 1959, with growing unrest in Cuba, the Florida was permanently assigned to twice-weekly Miami-Nassau cruise service until her final lay-up in 1966. The end is recorded as being in 1967.
Some memorabilia items are on this webpage.
The Eritrean Railway, the only one in the country, was constructed between 1887 and 1932 during the Italian Eritrea colonial era. Originally it also connected to Bishia. The line was partly damaged by warfare in subsequent decades, but was rebuilt in the 1990s. Vintage equipment is still used on the line, including the 442 class: four still exist of which three are in running order.
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A view of the crenellated north portal by Linda Spashett
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For the full story and lots of pictures, see the book Strait Crossing: the ferries of Cook Strait through time by Victor Young