|SS Chitral (1956) et SS Canberra (1961), deux paquebots de la compagnie Peninsular and Oriental, à Yokohama (Japon) vus au crépuscule.|
En 1955, P and O et Orient Lines commandent ce qui devait être leurs derniers paquebots, le Canberra et l’Oriana. L’acquisition de ces nouveaux navires rapides permet de réduire d’une semaine le temps de trajet vers l’Australie qui est maintenant de seulement trois semaines.
To replace their older ships being retired, P and O-Orient Lines purchased two Belgian combination liners for the First class six-week run from Britain to Japan via Suez, naming them Cathay and Chitral. The company consolidated their ocean liners into an all modern post-World War II fleet. They created the greatest passenger ship network and schedule ever seen.
Europe to Australia remained their basic trade, but variations and extensions placed P&O-Orient liners in the Far East, the Caribbean and Panama, the West Coast of North America (1954) and Florida (1963). Their extensive cruise operation covered almost anyplace else the liner services missed. Mid 1961, Oriana was joined by the P&O Peninsular’s new 45,733 GRT SS Canberra, which became the largest liner to be placed on the Australian service. Rapidly, Canberra became the ship that received most publicity. Undoubtedly Canberra was an imposing sight, being all white ship, with long sleek lines.
|SS Chitral à Yokohama.|
Chitral P and O-Orient Lines
Built: 1956 by Penhoet, St Nazaire, France
Gross tons: 13821 Length: 558ft (170m) Width: 70ft (21m)
Depth: 28ft (9m) Speed: 16.5kn/nœuds Power: 12500 shp/cv - Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw / vapeur à deux hélices - Passengers: 240 First/ 240 passagers de première, classe unique.
End of service: Sold 1970 / vendu en 1970.
|SS Canberra à Yokohama.|
|SS Canberra de la P and O. Coll agence Adhémar|