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Accommodation Plan - P&O Line, SS Strathnaver, 1954 Document Reg. No: HT 2674

Unfolded single-sided accommodation plan for P&O lines ship SS Strathnaver. There are colour plans of the ship with black and white photographs of the interior. The plans show B deck with promenade and children's playground, deck C with promenade space, pantry and cabins, deck D with promenade space, hospital and cabins, deck E with dancing space and cabins, deck F with dining room, and decks G and H with further accommodation.

The RMS, later SS, Strathnaver was a Royal Mail Ship and Ocean Liner launched in 1931 by P&O, with accommodation for 500 first class and 670 tourist class passengers. She first sailed the London, Bombay, Colombo, Melbourne and Sydney route before being requisitioned as a troopship in 1939. Following the War she returned to service in 1950 on the London to Australia route. In 1954 was refitted to carry 1,252 single class passengers, shown in these plans. Her last voyage to Australia was in December 1961 and in 1962 she was sold for scrap.
Folded single-sided accommodation plan on matt paper. Colour illustrations and black and white photographs. Text in English.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McKay, 2003
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 10.8 cm (Height), 20 cm (Width)
Dimension Comment: folded five times

More information

Tagged with: immigration, pamphlets, shipping, shipping lines, ship memorabilia, shipping industry, ships, plan drawings, accommodation, immigrant voyages, strathnaver 1960, g deck, -1, can i obtain a copy j.snee sailed on her december 1959, strathnaver 57
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: accommodation plans
Inscriptions: Front cover: "P & O. S. N. C. O. Co." "T.S.S. STRATHNAVER" ONE CLASS

Printer: Brown Knight & Truscott Ltd, London, England, Great Britain, 1954
User: Peninsula & Orient Steam Navigation Co., England, Great Britain, 1954
Ship Depicted: P & O Line, 1954


John Wood Posted on 15 Dec 2010 5:42 PM
Your accommodation plan of Strathnaver 1954 Reg No HT 2674 --- I would like optain a readable copy but I am puzzled why your document appears upside down also the document dimensions are very questionably small and don't seem to relate to the document illustrated.
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 Dec 2010 9:22 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
John - thank you for pointing that out! It will be corrected in the next update of the website. The measurements refer to the document when folded. We have referred your request for a copy of the image to our image services staff.
roy shaw Posted on 22 Apr 2011 6:50 AM
Amazed to stumble on this site. I sailed to Malaya in this ship when I was four years old in 1947. My father was in the British Army and we had just been posted overseas. Wow!
Neil Campbell Posted on 25 Jun 2011 4:00 PM
The years stop at 1957 ?we sailed from Tilbury to Australia in 1958,arriving Dec 12 .
Hi to Paddy the radio opp
Discovery Centre Posted on 27 Jun 2011 9:46 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Neil, can you let us know what you're referring to when you say 'the years stop at 1957?'. In our information above we've stated that the last voyage was in 1961. Perhaps you're referring to a different part of this or another site. We'd love to help you if given clarification.
Alwyn Keepence Posted on 21 Aug 2011 10:34 AM
My family came to Australia on the Strathnaver in February 1961. My memories are of a wonderful adventure (for a ten year old).
Margaret Murphy Posted on 02 Nov 2011 9:57 PM
I arrived (from UK) on Australia's shores as a child with my family in 1956. I remember the children's play house, The captain's daughter was ill and I often went into her cabin and read stories with her. I also have memories of sitting with the ships telephonist and assisting her plugging cords into her plug and cord swithboard. I was saddend by the news that SS Strathnaver was to be scrapped.
Leanne McAlees Posted on 11 Nov 2012 7:42 PM
Hi, we have found a bottle with a message in it from the ss strathnaver dated 1936 from a passenger (we think is h e haubrick) do you have any idea where we can find more information please.
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Nov 2012 12:17 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Leanne! That sounds fascinating, we'll be in touch. In the meantime, more information on migrant ships can be found at the Public Records Office of Victoria, and the National Archives of Australia.
Dawn Matthey Posted on 21 Jan 2013 10:58 AM
I arrived with my family in Australia from Tilbury Docks on 10th July 1956. Our family name is Collins. I am trying to find our names on the site.
kenneth lyndon crichton Posted on 12 Mar 2013 1:29 PM
Great info on the strath ships. I had 2 uncles
ships captains for p & o, percy lyndon captain of both ships & fred lyndon 0n cargos.
Gary Wright Posted on 26 Mar 2013 6:56 PM
In my wardrobe I have a wooden clothes hanger from P&O SS Strathnaver. I guess it must be over 50 years old. My Uncle (either Jack or Cecil DUKE) served on the ship. He was an officer and I'm told that his prime ability was to be a good dancer. :-)
daphne davidson Posted on 18 Aug 2013 6:24 AM
my family sailed to Australia in 1955 on this ship and I loved every minute of the trip
Ritva Fazio Posted on 28 Aug 2013 3:15 PM
My family immigrated from Finland on the P&O SS Strathnaver arriving in Dec 1958. I was a 5 year old at the time and we spent some time at Bonegilla where my father learnt English. I would love a obtain a copy of the ship details to work out with my mother which rooms we were in. I have menus, photos and movie stubs of our time spent aboard the ship. I am working on a memories album for my family.
Vivienne Hazzard Posted on 03 Sep 2013 10:43 PM
I have a suede cover that originally had paper in, I kept my autographs in the book and they got stolen. However the leather cover has a hand painted picture of the ss strathaver. My Grandad was a Major in the Army and he went to the Far East John Henry Hipkiss. Would the cover be of interest?
Phillip Bleasdale Posted on 10 Oct 2013 12:25 AM
I was 11 when my family came to Australia on its final voyage in 1961. The air conditioning failed when we sailed through the Indian Ocean so we slept on fold up canvas beds on the deck. We were woken at 5.00am every morning when a crew man would yell "Washy deckey" My brother and I would get at least three serves of ice-cream by running up the upper decks. A great adventure for a 11 year old. I hope all that travelled on her made good lives for themselves in Australia.
Fiona Williamson Pearson Posted on 06 Nov 2013 9:18 PM
My parents sailed on the Strathnaver in November 1938 as newly weds, London to Bombay. In Bombay (the following from my Mum's notebook)'huge garlanded crowds assembled to greet Pandit Nehru who travelled in our ship'. Have you any more info on this? Are there passenger lists online?
Grahm Kenyon Posted on 29 Dec 2013 7:12 PM
After a 6 week voyage on the Strathnaver,I arrived in Australia with my parents Edith and John Kenyon in February 1961. As a 9 year old my memories of the voyage are filled with unforgettable and wonderful experiences,visiting exotic ports along the way gave me an early insight into how others live and how lucky I am to be here in Australia. It was definitely the bet 10 quid that my Father ever spent on me. I hope that others who shared the journey can say the same.
James Snee Posted on 30 Dec 2013 7:50 AM
My family sailed to Australia on the Strathnaver leaving UK December 1959. Is there any way I could obtain a copy of the ships pan? I would like to also hear from anyone who sailed on that voyage
Discovery Centre Posted on 30 Dec 2013 2:46 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi James, you are welcome to use the image above for your family history research, and keep checking this page for other people sharing their stories!
John Biggs Posted on 08 Jan 2014 9:19 PM
I have recently found out that a relative traveled on this ship to Australia, I have a date which I think is the arrival in Melbourne but is there anyway I can confirm the dates, also how do I find out which cabin they were in?
helen creagh Posted on 12 Jan 2014 1:27 PM
hi - wonderful archive. i also- however can't print a readable copy of this. can I request a copy . happy to pay for service and postage. not sure f its possible to get a printable copy by email. much appreciated.
Sailed with family to England on this in 1961. It was magic!
Lewis Buckingham Posted on 12 Jan 2014 8:02 PM
My father, aunt and grandparents came out on the Strathnaver in 1953.
We have a whole series of photos from the trip - especially from the Crossing the Line Ceremony. The ship's purser ended up selling copies of them to other passengers because grandad found such a good spot for the pictures.
If Museum Victoria has any interest in copies, I'm sure he wouldn't mind me sending them through to you.
I would also love a readable copy of the deck plan. They were in cabin 997/1000, but where that was I do not know.
Sudip Posted on 30 Jan 2014 9:41 PM
I travelled on this ship from Bombay to Liverpool in the year 1959. We had a small cabin in a deck way below at almost the water level. The trip took 14 days if I remember rightly.
N Malpas Posted on 23 Feb 2014 1:18 PM
I think my relative, Brian Anthony Pattison, served on the Strathnaver in 1961. We do not know what happened to him after this - is there any information ?
Kevin Biswell Posted on 28 Mar 2014 1:58 PM
Loved reading all the comments about the Strathnaver, My farther Brian Biswell was a steward on this ship and made 2 trips in 1954 and 1 trip in 1955 if anyone new my farther I would be very interested to know.
Mrs. Maureen Mortlock Posted on 04 Apr 2014 4:39 PM
My husband and I were 10 quid tourists on Strathnaver sailing on April Fools Day! 1957. We've never regretted it, had a wonderful 4 weeks and 5 days aboard coming via the Cape as Suez was blocked. We were something of a sensation as 400 odd children on board came down with measles. We were almost quarantined in Fremantle.
charlie Posted on 05 Apr 2014 1:07 AM
I was on the Strathnaver in 57 as a 2yr old, heading out to Perth with family - was reported lost overboard until they found me beneath the tarpaulin cover of a lifeboat :) Mum must have gone through 'the wringer.'
Barbara Hutchins Posted on 09 Apr 2014 7:39 PM
I travelled to Australia with my family in 1957. I was fourteen on board. Mum was pregnant at the time, as were many other women. They would open the pool just for these women could swim alone. I really enjoyed the trip except for being sea sick. We arrived in August 1957.
Shirley Robson (nee Bannister) Posted on 27 Apr 2014 1:33 PM
I also arrived in Australia Dawn Matthey on the 10th july 1956. We stopped in adelaide on that date where I celebrated my 10th birthday. We travelled on to Sydneyandwent toBradfield park hostel. The trip was a great adventure and we saw so many interesting sights at the various ports. I particularly remember tasting pineapple for the first time as we sailed out of columbo and my dad making a hat to depict the cricket test that was taking place..he kept asking the purser for updates of the score.
It was the best decision my parents ever made to migrate and I am forever greatful.
Matt Blackham Posted on 30 Apr 2014 2:09 PM
I arrived in Australia on board SS Strathnaver in Feb 1961, but cannot recall the exact date we docked in Sydney. Is it possible to find out this date?
Alec Robinson Posted on 30 Aug 2014 7:06 PM
I also arrived on the last voyage of the S.S. Strathnaver to Australia,but I thought we arrived in Sydney in January. It would be appreciated if someone could supply the correct date.
Keith Lovelock Posted on 21 Oct 2014 7:52 PM
My father Patrick Lovelock served as a steward on the ss strathnaver sailing on the return journey from: Sydney 15th July 1959 to Melbourne 19th July to adelaide 21st July _ fre mantle 24th July to the UK. I have a complete original passenger list plus 3 menus from the voyage, Patrick also sailed of the Queen Mary around the same period. He sadly passed away in August of this year aged 71, if you sailed with him it would be good to hear from you.
Gary Clarke Posted on 25 Dec 2014 4:24 PM
We sailed on The Strathnaver as 10 pound Poms. I was almost 3yo and we arrived in Adelaide in Feb 1958. I am interested in anyone else who may have been aboard that voyage.. We were Dad: Fred Mum: Doreen 3 kids Maurice 5, Howard 4 and Gary 2..
Gary Clarke Posted on 25 Dec 2014 4:33 PM
Has anyone got any photos of the Strathnaver they would like to share please?
Carole Wilson Posted on 01 Mar 2015 1:04 AM
Great to see comments from other passengers of the dear old 'Strath'. We sailed from Tilbury 4th July, arriving Melbourne 5th August 1957. I was nearly 12years & had a brother, Martyn, 8months old. Mum was Gladys & dad John, both sadly passed away now of course. Sailing through Suez - first passenger ship after the middle east troubles - was fascinating, especially after 'escaping' the vendors of the bum-boats in Port Said - as were Aden & Colombo (Ceylon, as it was then). Mum particularly enjoyed afternoon tea there not liking the ships' tea very much! Ah, such happy memories. When we lived on the IOW, we used to watch the Strathnaver from our lounge room window, sailing up & down Southampton Water on her voyages. Never dreaming that one day we too would be amongst her 'ten pound pom' passengers.
John Bilboe Posted on 05 Apr 2015 4:59 PM
Hi, I travelled on this ship arriving from UK into Sydney on June 22nd 1955. It was my 16th birthday. I arrived with my Elder brother Raymond and his wife Florence and their 3 children Raymond, Frank, Harold and Keith my younger brother. Great ship.
Rita Martucci Posted on 16 Jun 2015 10:38 PM
Arrived in Melbourne on March 18 1959. Dad kept dinner menus. We travelled from Finland and on the Strathnaver from Tilbury 16 February. I still have our 'oneclass passenger ticket' 2adults and 3 children under 6yrs. 474pounds sterling
Janet Butler Posted on 06 Jul 2015 7:33 PM
Sailed aboard the 'SS Strathnaver' from UK to Australia with my parents Emlyn & Glenys Davies, my Brother Jeffrey (9) & I (23 months) with Sidney & Beryl Toghill. We arrived into Sydney Harbour on22nd June 1955.I have a Dinner Menu & photos as keepsakes.
Norma Edge Posted on 18 Jul 2015 10:59 PM
We sailed on the Strathnaver voyage that left Tilbury on the 16th of Feb, 1959. My parents were Bill and Betty Edge. There were 5 of us children ranging in age from 2yrs to 9yrs. On the way we stopped at Aden where some of the locals were allowed to board the ship to sell their merchandise. I still have two little carved elephants that I got from a small boy in exchange for 2 bananas. After arriving in Australia we lived on Smithfield Migrant Hostel in South Australia. Mum had 6 more children over the next few years! On board the ship I met a girl named Denise Edge who's birthday was the same as mine. (27th Sept) I would love to get in touch with her.

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