Cunard Ship Photos

Photo Courtesy Ron McVey

RMS Saxonia - one of the "600 footers"

Between 1954 and 1957, Cunard took delivery of 4 sister ships from John Brown & Co, Clydebank, for the Canadian liner service. The Saxonia was delivered in 1954, refitted in 1963 and renamed Carmania, cruising from US ports in winter and cruising full time in 1967. She was laid up in 1971, sold in August 1973 to Russia's Black Sea Shipping Co. of Odessa and renamed Leonid Sobinov. She took her first voyage from Southampton to Sydney in February 1974 and was then employed on cruising. On 27 January 1999 she left Odessa, having been sold, like her sisterships, to Indian breakers, arriving at Alang in April 1 1999, where she was dismantled on the beach. Thus, the four sisters began their careers at the same shipyard and ended at the same breakers beach.