Our main image this week shows Lady Olave Baden-Powell, wife of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell, inspecting a guard of honour at Liverpool waterfront in August 1938.
Along with her husband, she was about to board the liner SS Orduna on a ‘Peace Cruise’ that would take her to Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Belgium.
Europe was on the brink of war and there were hopes that the Scouting movement, founded by Baden-Powell in 1910, might use its international ties to ease tension.
With Lady Baden-Powell on the quayside at Liverpool are local Scouting officials as well as Cub Scouts and Scouts trying to shelter from a downpour.
In Reykjavik, with the Orduna moored alongside the German cruiser Emden, local Scouts brought rocks on board so that Baden-Powell could say he’d set foot in Iceland.
The Orduna, owned by the Pacific Steam Navigation Company and operated by Cunard, was launched in 1913. The 15,000-ton vessel saw service in both World Wars before being decommissioned in 1950.
Our modern image shows a different liner in different times at Liverpool. It’s the 47,800-ton MV Viking Sun docked during the Coved pandemic in July 2020.
*Unmissable wartime images from Liverpool and the North West are included in Clive Hardy’s latest hardback book The Home Front – Britain 1939-45. It’s available for £14.99 from inostalgia.co.uk or the order hotline 01928 503777.
Better still, buy three books for just £25 in the iNostalgia Spring Bonanza offer, now running until the end of June.