For the first time this century, Southampton saw six passenger ships in port on one day.
On the January 5, 2011 the port handled BALMORAL, BLACK WATCH, SAGA RUBY, QUEEN ELIZABETH, ARCADIA and QUEEN VICTORIA.
Over 19,000 passengers passed through the port. Thanks to Patricia Dempsey (who was on hand, on deck and on the piers today) for the use of her images and for her diligent coverage of the event. For full coverage of her rain-soaked odyssey, go to Liner Lovers.
According to Bob Cable, the last time there were more passenger vessels was on June 7, 1975. (Previously given incorrectly as June 13). In the western docks were OCEAN MONARCH, SA ORANJE, ROYAL VIKING STAR and ROYAL VIKING SEA, while in the eastern docks were LEONID SOBINOV, QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 and NORTHERN STAR.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.