I was born in 1933 in Shanghai where my father worked for the Chinese Maritime Customs.
His contract was six years in China and one year home leave to the UK. As a result, I was used to long trips back and forth. Ships I can remember are; Oldenburg, TegelBerg, Dunvegan Castle, and back to Hong Kong then after the war, we were repatriated to the UK on the Highland Chieftain.
During my National Service I travelled on the Asturias to HK and back on the Empire Halladale. In 1966 I went to Brazil on the Arlanza, flew back and returned to Brazil on the Pasteur. I spent 18 years there, but sadly, from then on, we had to fly everywhere. More recently, my wife and I have cruised on Celebrity Eclipse and returned from the USA on the Queen Mary 2. This year, we have just been on the Queen Victoria to Tangier and back. Since my wife is a smoker, we have had to spend much time on the limited smoking areas of the ships. As such I spent some time looking at the lifeboats on Deck 3 of the Queen Victoria.
My query relates to the lifeboats. On the One Screw boats, there were hand rails on each side of the hull which I imagined would be useful for anyone in the water to hold on to. On the lifeboats, which I will call the Twin Screw boats which had two ‘hulls’ (see Illustration), the hand rails were inside the two ‘hulls’. I could not see how these rails would be of any use at any time, obviously there must be a reason? Can any readers enlighten me, or indicate to me any book which would explain why the rails are so placed?
Many thanks for any help in advance.
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