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Brochure - 'SS Canberra Maiden Voyage Souvenir', P&O-Orient Line, 1961 Document Reg. No: HT 2663

Souvenir brochure issued by P & O Lines for the SS Canberra's maiden voyage in 1961. It contains information about the ship the SS Canberra, its staff, facilities, accommodation and catering. It is part of a collection of 175 items of post-war ship memorabilia collected by John McKay. John began collecting shipping brochures as a boy through an interest in travel and later used some of the material in his professional capacity as a Geography and Social Studies teacher. He finally made a voyage himself in 1957-1958, to England to attend a scouting jamboree, although he ended up staying for 18 months. He remembers lots of Australians going over at that time, and references to Earls Court as 'Kangaroo Alley'.

The SS Canberra, sailed from Southampton on her maiden voyage on 2nd June 1961, to Australia via the Suez canal. During the first year of operation, S.S. Canberra suffered from persistent mechanical problems and had to be temporarily withdrawn for repairs. She accommodated 548 first class passengers and 1650 tourist class passengers, and spent her first ten years in the Australian trade. She was withdrawn from this service in 1972 and refitted to carry 1500 passengers in a single class cruise ship, due to a decline in demand. Canberra briefly made cruises around America, but found her place making three month cruises around the world. In April 1982, Canberra was requisitioned by the British government for use as a troop carrier during the Falklands war, and required an extensive refit for a return to passenger service in September. She was still in service in 1988.
Folded double-sided magazine on gloss paper. The front cover has a colour photograph of a young girl with a model of the ship. The brochure includes colour illustration and photographs, and some black and white photographs.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McKay, 2003
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 34.4 cm (Height), 26.2 cm (Width)
Dimension Comment: folded once

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Tagged with: immigration, shipping, pamphlets, -1
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Shipping Lines
Tertiary Classification: promotional materials

Publisher: "Longacre Press Services, Longacre Press, 161 Fleet Street, London EC4"

Printer: "Martlett Press Ltd., 88-94 Old Kent Road, London, SE1"
Printer: Peninsula & Orient Steam Navigation Co., England, Great Britain, 1961
Ship Depicted: ., 1961
User: Mr John McKay, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1961

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