Gazing out toward the Atlantic’s infinity, I could not help but think that somewhere out there, if not in physical space, then in historical time, had been the first of the “huge” Cunard Atlantic liners which assuredly had passed this way during the beginning of the 20th century.
Endeavoring to compete with the Cunard and White Star Line designs which now regularly plied the Atlantic, the Hamburg-America Line had laid the keel of a new breed of transatlantic liners on June 18, 1910, intended to be the largest-capacity, highest gross weight passenger ship ever built. The specifications were, for the time, staggering: measuring 919 feet long and 98 feet wide, the elongated, tri-funneled, 52,117-ton ship, designated the Imperator, had been powered by steam engines geared to four-bladed propellers feeding off of 8,500-tons of coal nourishing two 69- and 95-foot-long engine rooms, respectively. Accommodating 908 first class, 972 second class, 942 third class, and 1,772 steerage class passengers, the behemoth, steered by a 90-ton rudder, was christened on May 23, 1912 and entered commercial service 13 months later, on June 10, from Cuxhaven to New York with an intermediate stop in Southampton.
Unlike the proliferation of modern cruise ships with their comparatively lower speeds and greater-volume, square-geometry hulls, the Queen Mary 2 had been designed as a next-generation successor to the 35-year-old Queen Elizabeth 2 and, as such, would have to offer the same year-round, passenger-carrying capabilities, predominately in the rough North Atlantic, with a design which sacrificed revenue-producing volume and lower construction costs of the traditional cruise ship for the required safety, speed, and stability of the ocean liner. Resultantly, it featured the same v-shaped hull configuration characteristic of the long line of its Cunard predecessors, constructed of thicker steel which carried a 40-percent greater cost than those of conventional cruise ships. Designed by Stephen Payne, whose inspirations for the bow had come from the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the brake wall from the Normandie, it was the first quadruple-screw North Atlantic ocean liner since the France of 1962. Payne himself, a naval architect born and raised in London, had been involved with the Carnival Holiday, Carnival Fantasy, and Rotterdam VI projects. The latter, incorporating a modified Statendam hull, had featured a less “boxy” hull shape than the traditional cruise ship, but had still been considerably removed a full liner design.
For the shoes, get a big basket. I mean a big one. One that you can just toss your shoes into right from your foot. Put all your flip-flops and other sandals, tennis shoes, and other shoes that you don’t mind being in there into it. Get a rack to hold your good dress shoes that you wear only once in a while. Since you’re more careful with these shoes, there’s a better chance that your ADD won’t allow you to toss them into the basket. But if you find that every pair of shoes you own is going in there, get rid of the rack. ADD can make us choose the easiest path sometimes.
They can complement your nursery’s theme and can be hung on the wall or a quilt rack. You might also hang them over the crib’s rail when your baby isn’t inside the crib.
3) Willing to spend money. You can check out the ads in hobby and trade magazines to discover the prices of objects of interests for a particular niche market.
External conditions were mild: the air temperature, at 14 degrees Celsius, had been coupled with a force-4 moderate breeze out of the southwest and low level cloud, with a 989-millibar air pressure. The sea, whose state had been slight, had a 12.7-degree Celsius temperature.
System of organizing the Shoe Closet – Considerable attention to detail would be required for devising a correct organization system for the shoe closet. It is advisable to keep gents and ladies shoes in different shelves. Kid’s shoes should preferably be stored separately in kid’s closets. Another important consideration while organizing this would be the type of shoes placed in one particular shelf. Formals and office wear shoes should not be ideally kept along with casual wear or sports shoes. Also shoe accessories, for example liquid polish, wax and the shoe dusters should be kept in an altogether separate section within the shoe closet. Ladies shoes generally are available in much more variety and depending on the different styles that one possesses; it is a good idea to have separate shelves for storing platforms, heels, stilettos, flat sandals and/or fancy boots.
Lunch, back in the present on the Queen Mary 2, had been served in The Carvery, itself one of the King’s Court stations, and had included beef tikka masala, white rice, cauliflower in cheese sauce, and double chocolate fudge cake.