On 12th October, we (belatedly) celebrated the seventieth anniversary of Clan Line’s official naming ceremony. Even though the engine entered traffic on 23rd December 1948, it wasn’t officially named until 15th January 1951 by Lord Rotherwick, chairman of Clan Line (the shipping line) at Southampton Docks. For several reasons, including the pandemic, it wasn’t possible to celebrate this closer to the actual date. It seemed appropriate to make use of our appearance at the Bluebell Railway’s Giants Of Steam gala to let our members attend the event.
This is a selection of some of the photographs that were taken at the event:-