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Bookmark - SS Iberia, P&O Lines, 1968 Document Reg. No: HT 2676 3

Bookmark issued by P & O Lines in 1968 for use on the ship S.S. Iberia. 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 Iberia was handed over to P & O on 10th September 1954. She had accommodation for 673 first class passengers and and 733 tourist class, and at first voyaged between Southampton and Australia. On 14th March 1956, Iberia collided with a tanker, and although the extensice damage was reparable, she was consigned to making occasional cruises from Southampton. Eventually, in 1959, she made her first voyage around the world. However, with persistent engine troubles, she was withdrawn from service in 1972.
Flat double-sided bookmark. Front has gloss colour illustration of the ship, which is white with orange funnel, and green ocean. Back has information about the ship and advertisement for its cruises in blue and black text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McKay, 2003
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 6.3 cm (Height), 23.2 cm (Width)
Dimension Comment: folded once

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Tagged with: advertising, shipping, ship memorabilia, book marks
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Shipping Lines
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Front: "P & 0"

Back: " P & O S.S. 'IBERIA' 30,000 tons - stabilized and fully air-conditioned"
Printer: Peninsula & Orient Steam Navigation Co., England, Great Britain, 1968
Ship Depicted: P & O Line, 1968
User: Mr John McKay, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1968


Felicity Posted on 13 Sep 2013 5:35 PM
Great info re the SS Iberia. My family and I travelled on her from Hong Kong to Sydney in June 1971.
David De Leacy Posted on 27 Oct 2013 6:54 AM
My family was on board the Iberia returning to Australia from the United Kingdom in 1956 when she collided with the tanker late at night. It was bright moonlight with both vessels fully illuminated on a very flat and still sea in the Arabian Gulf region. Rumours at the time suggested that the captain of the tanker was at fault due alcohol issues. It was a side to side glancing collision affecting the portside of the Iberia with the upper decks stove inwards. I distinctly remember my mother putting her hand out through our porthole and actually touching the other ship before we all urgently mustered onto the deck in case of having to abandon ship. In retrospect it is hard to imagine what would have happened if that was ordered as many of the lifeboats on the port side were rendered unserviceable. We were laid up in Colombo (Ceylon as it was called then) for about a week while assessment and minimal repairs were made and then limped on to Australia at a very reduced speed. It was a beautiful and modern ship at the time.

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