Royal Transport by Peter Pigott

By Peter Pigott

Книга рассказывае о транспортных средствах, которые использовала и использует Королевская семья Великобритании для передвижения по суше, воде и воздуху.

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CPR President Sir Edward Beatty set out on one annually, in his luxurious carriage "Wentworth" — named, like his golf club, with his middle name — to inspect his domain. More frequently, the CNR would take the Governor General about in his private carriage. With the first company private — and most of its shareholders British — and the second wholly owned by the Canadian government, it might be assumed that Mackenzie King (who loathed the CPR and its president) would give SJ. Hungerford, president of the Canadian National, a free hand in the whole royal trip.

His bathroom was done in pale blue. The Queen's sitting room was blue-grey with damask coverings and curtains of dusty pink. Her bedroom was in soft peach with brocaded satin drapes. On her bedside table were her The Book of Common Prayer and a pile of the ghost-story books that she loved. Her bathroom was in lavender. Car No. 2 had a large lounge, as well as an office, a dining room and kitchen, and two bedrooms with a bathroom for members of the Royal Staff. 7 had two main bedrooms with bath, lounge, dining room, kitchen, and also a bedroom for servants.

But it was unsuitable for a long voyage, and an Orient Line steamship, RMS Ophir, was hired for the world tour, with the Royal Navy providing the destroyer HMS St. George &s an escort. Built by Napier & Son, Glasgow, in 1891, the Ophirwas 6,814 gross tonnes, with twin funnels, two masts, and a twin screw, and she cruised at eighteen knots. Named appropriately from the John Masefield poem "Cargoes," she was well-suited for the tour, as she regularly sailed between London, Suez, Melbourne, and Sydney.

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