Wonderful historical youTube video of P&O Line’s S.S. HIMALAYA. SS Himalaya was a passenger liner of 27,955 grt built for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company by Vickers Armstrong’s Barrow Yard and delivered to them in 1949. She was initially employed solely on the Company’s service from the UK to Australia but was latterly also employed on crusing duties ... Read More »
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Video of 1950s sailing aboard RMS ORCADES – Tourist class pool area. The RMS Orcades (later SS Orcades) was built by Vickers Armstrong Ltd in Barrow-in-Furness as Yard Number 950. She was launched on the 14th October 1947 and completed on the 14th November 1948. Orcades replaced her predecessor, Orcades II, which had sunk during the war when she was ... Read More »
CRUISING THE PAST: THE SS CANBERRA – THE LAST GASP OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE A great BBC youtube video of the SS CANBERRA returning from the Falklands. For 37 years the SS Canberra was a very familiar sight in Southampton’s Western Docks and in ports the world over, particularly Sydney which, it could be said, has been her second home. ... Read More »
CRUISING THE PAST: SS CHUSAN – P&O LINES – THE LINER WAS KNOWN AS “THE HAPPY SHIP” CRUISE LINE HISTORY: The SS CHUSAN was a smaller version of the Himalaya and was designed as the principal element in the postwar regeneration of the Indian and Far East service. Indeed in some ways she was a long overdue replacement for the ... Read More »
ORCADES in Sydney Cruising Line History: The Orient Steam Navigation Company, also known as the Orient Line, was a British shipping company with roots going back to the late eighteenth century. From the early twentieth century onwards an association began with P&O that eventually culminated in the Orient Line being totally absorbed into that company in the 1960s. Ten Pound ... Read More »
CRUISE HISTORY: SHIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT. Turned into hotels! The liners QUEEN ELIZABETH, AMERICA, UNITED STATES, CANBERRA and soon to be the QE2.
By Paul Ash – Accidental Tourist (Times, Johannesburg, South Africa) US Line’s SS AMERICA waited 15 years to be converted to a hotel and then was wrecked while being towed. Some people think the QE2 should have been scrapped, like so many other famous liners, on the beaches of Alang in India. Others say better a floating hotel than being ... Read More »
Cruise Ship History – Mothers and Children head for the Suez Canal in 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO to be with their soldier husbands.
Orient Line’s SS OTRANTO… British Service dependents, mothers and children, sailed in January 1948 aboard the Orient Line’s “SS Otranto” from Southampton to Egypt and the Suez. Their husbands were already in the Suez Canal for conflicts at that time. The mothers, along with their children, and possibly for the first time in their lives, set off alone to ... Read More »