History of the Merchant Navy
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ARCADIA
Built 1954
ARCADIA
Built
Tonnage 63,500grt
Passengers 1475
Crew 650
AURORA
Built 2000
Maiden voyage 1st May,2000
BALLARAT
Built 1882
CANBERRA
Built 1961
Length 818 ft 6 in.
Beam 102 ft
Tonnage 45,733grt
Service Speed 27.5 knots
Passengers 2264
Crew 960
Built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast she was the last passenger ship built for line voyages. (P&O Lines)

CANTON
Built 1848
Tonnage 349grt

Depicted here in an oil painting by Norman Wilkinson c.1938 (P&O Lines) she was built for the Hong Kong/Canton river trade and is seen here towing the sailing frigate H.M.S.Columbine.
CARTHAGE
Built 1931
Tonnage 14,500grt
Service Speed 20 knots
CATHAY
Built 1931
Tonnage 15,000grt
CATHAY
Built 1957
Length 557 ft 9 in. Beam 70 ft
Tonnage 13,809grt
Service Speed 17.5 knots
Passengers 226
Built by S.A.Cockerill-Ougree at Antwerp for Cie.Maritime Belge as the s.s. Baudouinville. Purchase by P&O in 1961 for the UK-Japanese service via Suez, Singapore and Hong Kong.
CHITRAL
Built 1925
Tonnage 15,000grt
CHUSAN
Built c.1852
Tonnage 699grt
Inaugurated the Australia mail service via Singapore in 1852. (P&O Lines)
CHUSAN
Built 1949
Length 672 ft 6 in. Beam 85 ft
Tonnage 24.261grt
Service Speed 22 knots
Passengers 996
Crew 556
Built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness she was the first ocean liner to be fitted with Denny-Brown stabilisers.
CROWN PRINCESS
Built 1990
Length 811 ft
Tonnage 70,000grt
Service Speed 19.5 knots
Passengers 1590
DAWN PRINCESS
Built
Length 856 ft
Tonnage 77,000grt
Service Speed 21 knots
Passengers 1950
GRAND PRINCESS
Built
Length 935 ft
Tonnage 109,000grt
Service Speed 22.5 knots
Passengers 2600
HIMALAYA
Built 1853
Tonnage 3,438grt
Shown here in an unsigned oil c1949 after a lithograph by T.G.Dutton (P&O Lines) Proved too expensive to run and was sold to the Government for use as a troopship.
HIMALAYA
Built 1892
Tonnage 6,868grt
Water colour by W.W. Lloyd, 1892 (P&O Lines) Requisition and later purchased by the Government for use as an Armed Merchant Cruiser, seaplane carrier and troopship during WW1.
HIMALAYA
Built 1949
Length 710 ft. Beam 90 ft 6 ins.
Tonnage 27,989grt
Service Speed 22 knots
Passengers 1134
Crew 634
Built by Vickers-Armstrong Ltd at Barrow-in-Furness for the Australia and west coast of North America via Suez.
MOOLTAN
Built 1861
Tonnage 2257grt
Lithograph by T.G.Dutton (P&O Lines) Was the first P&O vessel to be fitted with compound engines.
NYANZA
Built 1864
Tonnage 2082grt
Was the last paddle steamer built for P&O.
ORIANA
Built 1960
Length 804 ft. Beam 97 ft.
Tonnage 42,000grt
Service Speed 27.5 knots
Passengers 2180
Crew 900
Built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness for Australia, west coast of North America service via the Suez Canal with occasional voyages through the Panama Canal.

ORIANA
Built
Tonnage 69,000grt
Passengers 1810
Crew 794

 

ORISSA
Built 1965
Tonnage 66,048grt
Built for Trident Tankers.
PACIFIC PRINCESS
Built
Tonnage 20,000grt
PESHAWAR
Built 1871
Tonnage 3900grt
One of the first ships built for voyages through the Suez Canal. (P&O Lines)
RANCHI
Built 1925
Tonnage 16,650grt
Oil painting by Charles Pears PPSMA, ROI (P&O Lines)
RANPURA
Built 1925
Tonnage 16,600grt
REGAL PRINCESS
Built 1991
Length 811 ft
Tonnage 70,000grt
Service Speed 19.5 knots
Passengers 1590
ROYAL PRINCESS
Built
Tonnage 45,000grt
SALMARA
Built 1956
Tonnage 8,199grt
Acrylic by George Dickenson (P&O Lines)
SEA PRINCESS
Built
Length 856 ft
Tonnage 77,000grt
Service Speed 21
knots
Passengers 1950
SHANGHAI
Built 1851
Tonnage 546grt
SPIRIT OF LONDON
Built 1972
Seen here undergoing sea trials (P&O Lines)
STRATHAIRD
Built 1932
Tonnage 23,000grt
Oil painting by Derek Smoothey,1986.(P&O Lines)
STRATHCARRON
Built 1969
Tonnage 10,031dwt
Started life as BI’s Amra but seen here in the livery of P&O Strath Services. (P&O Lines)
STRATHMORE
Built 1935
Length 665 ft. Beam 82 ft
Tonnage 23,580grt
Service Speed 17.5 knots
Passengers 1094
Crew 534
Built by Vickers-Armstrong Ltd at Barrow-in Furness for the United Kingdom-Australia service via the Suez Canal.
STRATHNAVER
Built 1931
Tonnage 22,238grt
The first of the four ‘Straths’ and the first passenger ships to revert to the white hull, yellow funnel livery. Seen here leaving Sydney, Australia on 10th January,1940 as part of the first convoy from Australia and New Zealand with troops. (Sydney Morning Herald)
SUN PRINCESS
Built 1972
Built as the Spirit of London.
VECTIS
Built 1853
Tonnage 786grt
Lithograph by G.Gregory after Julius Jary (P&O Lines) She was used to carry Florence Nightingale and her nurses to the Crimea.
VECTIS
Built 1881
Tonnage 5,010grt
Gouache by R.H.Neville-Cumming (P&O Lines) Built as the liner Rome she was converted to a ‘cruising yacht’ in 1904, P&O’s first venture into cruising.
VICEROY OF INDIA
Built 1929
Tonnage 19,645grt
Watercolour by J.Spurling (P&O Lines) She was equipped with quiet turbo-electric engines and was the first P&O vessel to have a purpose built swimming pool.
VICTORIA
Built 1887
Tonnage 6,500grt
(P&O Lines) Built as one of four ships to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.
VICTORIA