{"id":1089686044719,"title":"BRITANIS: 1932 - Original lifering from ship","handle":"britanis-1932-original-lifering-from-ship","description":"\u003cp\u003eChandris Lines:  An original lifering from the S.S. BRITANIS, Chandris’ beloved cruiser liner that first sailed in 1932 as Matson’s MONTEREY. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe 30” diameter ring is marked on one side with the ship name and country of registry, Panama. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHow did this important relic come into private hands?  It happened in the late 1990s thanks to quick thinking and a little subterfuge from a diligent ship fan, the late Walter Shields.  His wife Beth told me the story recently. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Walt was coming home from working his volunteer shift on the AMERICAN VICTORY at the Tampa shipyard and, as usual, wandered around the other piers. The BRITANIS was still tied up waiting for ‘something’ to happen to it. Of course, no one was allowed aboard but the skeleton crew. Walt walked up the gang plank and the crewmen thought he was there to work. They invited him for a late lunch and he joined them. When they found out his true status, they also asked him to leave. When they asked if he would like any keep sakes, he quickly said yes. This lifering is now being offered for sale straight from the ship, other than twenty years on display in own home.” \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou won’t find many fittings from the ship.  The BRITANIS was sent to the breakers in 2000 but developed a severe list off Cape Town.  Ship historian Reuben Goossens describes her demise on his excellent web site, ssmaritime.com, “Then the grand old lady listed to port and slipped silently beneath the waters a few minutes after 7 PM on Saturday October 21, 2000. It is almost like the once great SS MONTEREY, MATSONIA, LURLINE, BRITANIS had decided that it was better to enter the dark deep blue sea rather than have countless men climbing all over her, after having been rammed up on a beach and then cut up into pieces with blow torches!” \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe lifering is in good condition with light wear and soiling.\u003c\/p\u003e","published_at":"2019-02-25T10:58:11-05:00","created_at":"2019-02-25T10:59:26-05:00","vendor":"BS","type":"- Fittings \u0026 furniture","tags":["- Fittings \u0026 furniture","A to Z: 100s of Ships","Chandris Lines"],"price":45000,"price_min":45000,"price_max":45000,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":10231644094511,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"8112","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"BRITANIS: 1932 - Original lifering from ship","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":45000,"weight":11340,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":1,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2236\/1411\/products\/8112.jpg?v=1551198282","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2236\/1411\/products\/8112-1.jpg?v=1551198282","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2236\/1411\/products\/8223-3.jpg?v=1551198282","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2236\/1411\/products\/8223-4.jpg?v=1551198282","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2236\/1411\/products\/8112-2.jpg?v=1551198282"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2236\/1411\/products\/8112.jpg?v=1551198282","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003cp\u003eChandris Lines:  An original lifering from the S.S. BRITANIS, Chandris’ beloved cruiser liner that first sailed in 1932 as Matson’s MONTEREY. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe 30” diameter ring is marked on one side with the ship name and country of registry, Panama. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHow did this important relic come into private hands?  It happened in the late 1990s thanks to quick thinking and a little subterfuge from a diligent ship fan, the late Walter Shields.  His wife Beth told me the story recently. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Walt was coming home from working his volunteer shift on the AMERICAN VICTORY at the Tampa shipyard and, as usual, wandered around the other piers. The BRITANIS was still tied up waiting for ‘something’ to happen to it. Of course, no one was allowed aboard but the skeleton crew. Walt walked up the gang plank and the crewmen thought he was there to work. They invited him for a late lunch and he joined them. When they found out his true status, they also asked him to leave. When they asked if he would like any keep sakes, he quickly said yes. This lifering is now being offered for sale straight from the ship, other than twenty years on display in own home.” \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou won’t find many fittings from the ship.  The BRITANIS was sent to the breakers in 2000 but developed a severe list off Cape Town.  Ship historian Reuben Goossens describes her demise on his excellent web site, ssmaritime.com, “Then the grand old lady listed to port and slipped silently beneath the waters a few minutes after 7 PM on Saturday October 21, 2000. It is almost like the once great SS MONTEREY, MATSONIA, LURLINE, BRITANIS had decided that it was better to enter the dark deep blue sea rather than have countless men climbing all over her, after having been rammed up on a beach and then cut up into pieces with blow torches!” \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe lifering is in good condition with light wear and soiling.\u003c\/p\u003e"}

BRITANIS: 1932 - Original lifering from ship

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Chandris Lines:  An original lifering from the S.S. BRITANIS, Chandris’ beloved cruiser liner that first sailed in 1932 as Matson’s MONTEREY. 

The 30” diameter ring is marked on one side with the ship name and country of registry, Panama. 

How did this important relic come into private hands?  It happened in the late 1990s thanks to quick thinking and a little subterfuge from a diligent ship fan, the late Walter Shields.  His wife Beth told me the story recently. 

“Walt was coming home from working his volunteer shift on the AMERICAN VICTORY at the Tampa shipyard and, as usual, wandered around the other piers. The BRITANIS was still tied up waiting for ‘something’ to happen to it. Of course, no one was allowed aboard but the skeleton crew. Walt walked up the gang plank and the crewmen thought he was there to work. They invited him for a late lunch and he joined them. When they found out his true status, they also asked him to leave. When they asked if he would like any keep sakes, he quickly said yes. This lifering is now being offered for sale straight from the ship, other than twenty years on display in own home.” 

You won’t find many fittings from the ship.  The BRITANIS was sent to the breakers in 2000 but developed a severe list off Cape Town.  Ship historian Reuben Goossens describes her demise on his excellent web site, ssmaritime.com, “Then the grand old lady listed to port and slipped silently beneath the waters a few minutes after 7 PM on Saturday October 21, 2000. It is almost like the once great SS MONTEREY, MATSONIA, LURLINE, BRITANIS had decided that it was better to enter the dark deep blue sea rather than have countless men climbing all over her, after having been rammed up on a beach and then cut up into pieces with blow torches!” 

The lifering is in good condition with light wear and soiling.

$450.00
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