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Accommodation Plan - Shaw Savill Line, SS Southern Cross, circa 1955 Document Reg. No: HT 2624

Summary:
Folded accommodation plan for Shaw Savill Liner S.S. Southern Cross. Black and white illustrated plans of the ship, showing the sun deck, lounge deck, promenade deck, main deck, saloon deck, A deck, B deck and lower deck with swimming pool. Back of plan shows front cover and back cover, when folded, with text and illustrations in black and white. Southern Cross was in service from 1955-1972 and made four world voyages each year from Southampton to Australia. Up to 1160 tourist class passengers could be accommodated.

The Southern Cross was the first aft engined passenger liner ever built, the first one class passenger liner built and the first true passenger as she did not carry cargo. She was also the first merchant ship launched by a reigning British monarch, launched by Queen Elizabeth II on 17 August 1954. She sailed on her maiden voyage in March 1955 from Southampton to Las Palmas, Cape Town, Durban, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Fiji, Tahiti, the Panama Canal, Curacao, Trinidad and back to Southampton. The Southern Cross was purpose built to sail to Australia and New Zealand, taking emigrating Britons to Australia and New Zealand, and returning with Australians and New Zealanders on holiday. With the increase in air travel making sailing from Britain to Australia less profitable the Southern Cross was sold to the Ulysses Cruise Line in 1973 and renamed Calypso. Sold several times to different cruise lines between 1973 and 2003 she was she was sold for scrap in mid 2003.
Description:
Folded, single-sided pamphlet on matt paper. Black and white illustrations and text. Text in English.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McKay, 2003
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 19.3 cm (Height), 11.2 cm (Width)
Dimension Comment: folded four times.

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Tagged with: immigration, pamphlets, shipping, shipping lines, ship memorabilia, shipping industry, ships, plan drawings, accommodation, voyage 67
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: accommodation plans
Inscriptions: Cover title: "SHAW SAVILL LINE" "S.S. SOUTHERN CROSS 20,000 TONS" "ACCOMMODATION PLAN"
User: Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. Ltd (Shaw, Savill & Albion Line), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1955
Ship Depicted: Shaw, Savill & Albion Line, 1955

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Brian Kirk Posted on 16 Dec 2013 9:45 PM
I was a passenger on the Southern Cross when it departed on it's maiden voyage from Southampton in 1955. I was travelling to New Zealand after joining the Royal New Zealand air force. I was among 28 ex RAF air force recruits for the RNZAF. The voyage aacross the Atlantic was very rough. It was so rough a steel part of the superstructure on the top deck had split and was opening and closing as the ship pitched for and aft. Later this fracture had a hurried repaired of DUCT tape. We reached Trinidad after about 4 days and then onto the rest of the ports Curaceo,Panama,Tahiti Fiji where we were entertained by the O/C Lauthala Bay RNZAF flying boat station. A day after we had left Suva and on our way to Wellington a RNZAF Sunderland flying boat (buzzed) the ship. It flew very low and a crew member flashed an Aldis lamp at the ship as it passed. We reached Wellington our port of disembarkation a few days later. I will always have fond memories of the Southern Cross and feel very sad that it might have still been in service today if there had been a real concerted effort by everyone concerned.
george Posted on 28 Dec 2013 7:40 AM
Hello Brian
I George tried very hard 10 years ago to save
southern cross, however no person would listen
so sorry.
elizabeth oneill Posted on 26 Aug 2014 12:38 AM
I sailed with my parents and brother on the Southern Cross in December 1969. We were travelling from New Zealand to Southampton. I would love to get the passenger list.
Jacki Aston Posted on 22 Sep 2014 2:11 PM
I traveled from Southampton to Wellington with my parents and my brother in September 1960. Such great memories as an 11 year old, really impacted my life. We have a newspaper clipping of the ship docking in Wellington from the Dominion at the time.

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