Saturday, January 03, 2009

VENUS in Funchal, Madeira

Some of the best post cards ever published in Madeira were produced by J. Arthur Dixon in the 1950s and 1960s, including five post cards of ships. In this card, with reference MDR 21, the Bergen Line m.s. VENUS can be seen clearly at anchor dressed overall.
Although VENUS was a very beautiful ship in the best traditional Scandinavian design with two funnels, the fore funnel being a dummy, she was not exactly a very good sea boat. Rough passages of the Biscay in and out of Madeira provided her with the unique nickname of VOMITING VENUS...
Arthur J. Dixon colour post card from the Luís Miguel Correia collection

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