The S.S. Ranchi was built for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. at Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and was launched on 24 January 1925. Her gross registered tonnage was 16,650, her length was 547 feet and her beam 71 feet. She was one of the P&O ‘R’ class liners from 1925 that had ... Read More »
VOGUE LIVING was assisted by the CRUISING THE PAST resourses and the website’s historical collection of steamship-liner-cruise memorbalia for the magazine’s Nov/Dec issue.
Cruising The Past assisted the editors of Australia’s VOGUE LIVING. The major publication drew upon our historical collection of steamship-liner-cruise memorabilia in connection with the magazine’s 14 page guide to cruising in November/December issue. To read all about the popular chic down under fashion journal click here for VOGUE LIVING. Recalling the grand days of cruising and sailing above P&O ... Read More »
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 »
SOCIAL AND CRUISE HISTORY: ARE THESE PHOTOS FROM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA? TAKE A GUESS OR CONTRIBUTE. DO YOU KNOW?
Paul Swift sent us the following great photos. The ship is departing. Crowds, streamers and farewells. Paul couldn’t exactly state where the ship was departing from and had no record in connection with these photos. He suspected it was Sydney, Australia. I consulted maritime expert Peter Knego, Maritime Matters, and he thought it was most likely Sydney. He pointed out ... Read More »
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 »
1960s – Photo from Cruise History – San Francisco, California – P&O liners SS CANBERRA (docked at the Matson Line pier) and the SS ARCADIA (in background) sailing away. 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 »