Shaw Savill Line – The Last Ocean Liners

Cruise History: Shaw Savill Line – The Last Ocean Liners

Deck games on Shaw Savill.

The Shaw Savill & Albion Company built two advanced one-class ocean liners for continuous around-the-world service. Voyages were approximately 75 days, from Southampton to Australia and New Zealand outward via South Africa and return via Panama or in reverse order.

Southern Cross was a remarkable ship for her time, with significant innovative features. She was the first major liner with funnel and engines aft, which created substantial midship passenger space, the first passenger ship that carried no cargo (except stores) and the first major modern liner with all tourist class accommodations.



Shaw Savill Line The slightly larger Northern Star followed a few years later. She sailed eastbound, while her fleetmate sailed westbound, with each ship completing four voyages per year.

Both vessels had similar accommodation layouts. There were a large open Sports deck and Sun deck with outdoor pool. The Lounge deck offered a forward lounge, writing room, library, smoking room, two-deck cinema lounge and a tavern. There were forward and aft restaurants and a proper wrap around Promenade deck.

“Perhaps you just want to sail on and on, with fresh horizons each dawn and a new port to look forward to. Shaw Savill Round-the-World voyages are for you.”

Southern Cross Shaw Savill Line – Built: 1955 Gross tons: 20204 Length: 604ft Beam: 78ft Draft: 25ft Speed: 20kt -Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 1100 Tourist – End of service: Laid up 1971

Northern Star Shaw Savill Line – Built: 1962 Gross tons: 24731 Length: 650ft Beam: 83ft Draft: 26ft Speed: 20kt – Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 1437 Tourist – End of service: Scrapped 1974

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