Daily Event for March 9, 2012

It was the end of an era when on March 9, 1921 the last of the four funnel liners was launched at John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. The 661' long Windsor Castle slid down the ways "gracefully" after H.R.H. the Prince of Wales pulled a leaver releasing the launching riggers and opened the valve to release the rams. Following the launch the Prince was about to descend the rostrum, but he was stopped by hundreds of workers shouting "speech, speech", to which the Prince gladly responded with with a few words. The Windsor Castle was the first passenger ship christened by a member of the Royal family. Of course the Prince of Wales later became King Edward VIII, his reign ended on Dec. 11, 1936 when he abdicated the throne. The Windsor Castle ended her career at the bottom of the sea when a few days more than twenty-two years later on Mar. 23, 1943 she was torpedoed by German aircraft and sunk.
© 2012 Michael W. Pocock

H.R.H. the Prince of Wales at the launch of Windsor Castle.

The Windsor Castle sliding down the ways.

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