"Reina Del Mar" on the Mersey, during her maiden voyage in 1956.     Catalogue No.266


The REINA DEL MAR is seen here leaving Liverpool on Thursday 3rd May 1956 on her 65 day maiden voyage to South America. After calling at some 38 ports en route, on her arrival back in Liverpool on 7th July her master, Captain George Rice, reported: "she handles beautifully and steers like a yacht".
Reina del Mar and many other fine ships built after the war had the bad fortune to be operating when fast long-distance air transport became so easy and affordable. Reina del Mar went through several re-fits and changes of owners in an attempt to increase her passenger numbers, but ultimately rarely made a profit. Finally in 1975, only 19 years after this photo, the Taiwanese breakers yards beckoned.