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    Lawrence of Arabia - Film props and Vehicles

    35 Comments by Chris Hurren Published on 10th January 2019 04:42 PM

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    In 1962 as a raw 3rd Mate I joined SS Hendrick for a short trip around the Med., through the Suez Canal and up the Gulf of Aqaba with a cargo of film equipment and Props. for the film 'Lawrence of Arabia' starring Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif. Pictured is the 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost that was to be used to depict Lord Allenby's staff car. We also had on board 2 Rolls Royce turreted Armoured Cars. and a quantity of blank ammunition to be used in the Filming. In those days the Gulf of Aqaba only had one navigation aid which was one very bright light, right at the top. I recall that the chart we used had notations like 'Wadi conspic. (even at night)'! You can see in the photo of the car the registration No. PB 7078. I wonder if the owner of this car knows of its illustrious past?
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    On the journey to meet Prince Feisal, Lawrence is offered food by his guide and accepts using his left hand. This would have been considered an insult as Arabs always eat using the right hand. The historical Lawrence would have known better. He had spent many years in the Middle East before the war.
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    He was killed riding a Brough Superior motor cycle, this was one of the top motor cycles at the time. I believe there was some doubt that it was an
    accident.

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    His post-mortem examination established that Lawrence had suffered "severe lacerations and damage to the brain" when his unprotected head struck the ground. Had he survived, brain damage would probably have left him blind and unable to speak.

    "In Lawrence we have lost one of the greatest beings of our time," said his friend Winston Churchill. "I had hoped to see him quit his retirement and take a commanding part in facing the dangers which now threaten the country."
    It was not to be. At the age of 46, Lawrence of Arabia was dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happy daze john in oz View Post
    When the movie came out it was greeted as a great success, but there were a few mistakes to be seen.

    The biggest was along the canal where a car can be seen in the distance, a type of car not in existence at the time of Lawrence.


    possibly MAY ASSIST ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orTcXvb5fG0
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    More mistakes than you could poke a stick at.
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    Hi Cappy,
    Your comment about what has been carried by the MN in the past prompted me to read through some of the cargoes I was associated with during my time at sea (I kept quite extensive notes in those days), and I came across a part cargo we loaded in Mombassa in May 1959 for transport to Singapore and eventually Japan. The entry reads:- Loaded Scrap Iron, Soda, Jute, Cotton, and ...... get this .....Ivory and Hippo Hides!! Not really the good old days were they.
    Best from Chris Hurren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Hurren View Post
    Hi Cappy,
    Your comment about what has been carried by the MN in the past prompted me to read through some of the cargoes I was associated with during my time at sea (I kept quite extensive notes in those days), and I came across a part cargo we loaded in Mombassa in May 1959 for transport to Singapore and eventually Japan. The entry reads:- Loaded Scrap Iron, Soda, Jute, Cotton, and ...... get this .....Ivory and Hippo Hides!! Not really the good old days were they.
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    ###well chris i suppose nothing is new really as described in the poem ...dirty little coaster with salt caked smoke stack etc .......suppose every thing known to man has been carried at one time or another.....sadly other nations carry most of it now....regards cappy

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    ###in the late 80s i was on holiday in deuville in france staying in a good hotel ......in the bar walked omar sherrif he was a very big gambler at cards .....the pianist started to play the theme from lawrence of arabia ....many started to clap ...he sat at the next table ..we were with friends and we chatted for a good while ....he was one easy guy no hang ups .....we were going to a resturant ...chez henri ......where the speciality was large skate with a mustard sauce .....we would not drive as we would be having a good night ...we asked the waiter to organise a taxi for us .....omar stated i have the hotel limo.....im going to town now i will drop you off ....he got out at the casino and the limo took us to chez henri....he asked us to come to the casino later .....but we didnt take up his offer .....he was a number one decent guy ......sadly he lost his money in his gambling life ...then sat in casinos to bring punters in.and sadly died from dementure about 4 or 5 years ago .....in egypt ....but not forgotten a true gent no show at all.....such is life cappy

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    Omar Sharif died of a heart attack on July 10, 2015, in Cairo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith at Tregenna View Post
    Omar Sharif died of a heart attack on July 10, 2015, in Cairo.

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    ##funny he didnt mention you popping up at the time ...........cappy

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