Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside landmarks, buildings, streets and events from bygone days with how they look today.

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.

More than 460 Scouters and Guiders sailed on the Orduna, touring local landmarks and meeting their continental counterparts, but Robert Baden-Powell was too ill to leave the ship.

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.

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