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Caronia, ship of the Cunard Line, visiting Funchal (Madeira) in the year 1950.

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Dan · February 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Another amazing clip. This is soon becoming an archive. Wonderful stuff!

Francisco Leite Monteiro · February 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

In 1950 I was 18 and I was living in Madeira. It was actually the year Winston Churchill spent a holiday there. I can remember his disembark in Funchal, from a Union Castle Line ship on 1st January. He enjoyed a 10 days holiday at Reid’s Hotel with his wife, but had to rush back by seaplane – Aquila Airways had regular flights between Southampton and Funchal – to fight an earlier than expected general ellection. And, he won! I wonder if this is better known, maybe in the very near future, Madeira will be chosen again, for “batteries charging” of the Tory candidate, if and when he is prepared and determined to to win the election…. (by the way, I am Portuguese)

Editor · February 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

@Francisco: Great information. Thank you. Do you by any chance have photos from those days?

Francisco Leite Monteiro · August 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I was ‘surfing in the net’ and found this, today – 15.08.2010. Yes, I have photos of that time and, should you still be interested, do not hesitate – be in touch!

William de Freitas · January 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

@Francisco: Great memory. I was wondering if you recall a place called African House in Funchal and a man called Gabriel de Freitas.

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