My great-uncle, Capt. Jack Halliday, was Master of the SS Steel Seafarer which
was sunk in September 1941. This looks like it was a photo that was enhanced with watercolors.
I am not sure, but I bet this was a popular process back then. I must say, he sure looks handsome
in his uniform. I only remember him from when I was a kid, but what an impression he made.
He smoked a pipe and always had a glass of Johnny Walker at his side. He had a thick Scottish accent
(the Johnny Walker probably didn't help) and he had a dog named "Skipper". His quiet and
reserve was quite intimidating to me when I was a kid, but he was always respectful and was
treated with respect by all. A former crewmen wrote asking for information, for a book he was
composing, and related how the crew revered the Captain. His recollection was of a man who was
always strict, but always fair. The men running those vessels must have been an exceptional breed.
I am not sure if this fellow's book ever got published or not.