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View from pier of passengers, holding streamers on board a departing passenger ship. This photograph shows the departure of the 'SS Orontes' from Station Pier, in 1952. When the Orontes departed, the photographer's family 'farewelled' their friend Mr McCrea with streamers from the pier. Traditionally, the person on board the ship would throw a roll of streamers over board to the people below. As the ship moved away from the pier, both sides would hold on to the streamers for as long as they could until they broke. The family friend, Harry McCrea is marked in this photograph by a white square. The photograph complements image MM110507.

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