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From: Derek Warmington 16th October 2017

Those of you who attended the Reunion Luncheon at the Novotel last May will recall that I made an appeal for someone to come forward and take over the organisation of this annual event from Nell and I. We have been the organisers for the last eleven years and we feel that it is time. I am pleased to announce that retired Chief Engineer Officer, David Jewkes and his partner, Helen, have agreed to take it on. For those who do not know him, David spent his whole career at sea with P&O, P&O Princess and Carnival and retired in 2013.

We have now completed our handover and therefore in early November David will be the one circulating the details of next year’s Reunion Luncheon which is due to take place in Southampton on the 4th May. In the meantime, if you need to contact him, his telephone number is 01902 700338, and the email address that he has set up for the Reunion is:

 For the time being, I will continue to be the originator of the “P&O News” messages that are sent out from time to time, and which usually advise when one of our number has ‘crossed the bar’.

10th May 2017

"Peter Crane has informed me that Captain Derek Hansing is now 86 and is living in a Care Home in Hindhead, Surrey, where he rarely has visitors because his son lives and works in Japan. If you know Derek Hansing and you live in the vicinity, could I ask you to give consideration to visiting him. 

The address is: Langham Court, Huntingdon House Drive, Hindhead, Surrey, GU25 6BG. Telephone number: 01428 606143.

Peter recommends that you telephone beforehand.


Finally, my thanks to all those who sent messages to say how much they enjoyed the Reunion Luncheon last Friday.

E-mail me for a list of those attending:-


On an exposed hill in Dover’s St. Mary’s Cemetery, a once forgotten memorial commemorates the final resting place of 22 Lascars lost when P&O’s Maloja struck a mine off Dover pier, 100 years ago.

Forgotten that is until Miss Leah Baker, contacted P&O Heritage, who commissioned the refurbishment of this important monument.

Feeling nostalgic?

You could do no better than get yourself a copy of Des Cox's wonderful DVD.

It opens with rare footage of Chusan, then Orcades, Himalaya, Oronsay, Orsova, Arcadia, Oriana and Canberra.

Highly recommended!

Tony Hartwell is in hospital having suffered a stroke.

Now in UK, Tony is safely in the hands of Hillingdon Hospital, where his condition, which includes paralysis of his right side, is receiving excellent medical care in what is likely to be a lengthy phase of rehabilitation. He has speech therapy at the hospital and with plenty of encouragement and work, could progress with his writing and speech. He has good mobility in his left arm and fingers.

On leaving the training ship Worcester, Tony joined P&O group, obtaining his Master’s certificate in 1972 and later joining Overseas Containers Limited (OCL) as a cargo superintendent. After a stint with the North Sea operations of Ocean Inchcape (OIL) he acted as a marine consultant in Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. In recent years he has been stationed in Lagos, Nigeria where, until his illness, he was a marine superintendent.

Tony’s morale and the recovery process might easily benefit from knowing former shipmates are thinking of him.

The hospital, west of London near Heathrow, has visiting hours of 1400-2000. Former P&O officer Mike Brace, who has been among

Tony’s visitors, adds: “If he can be added to a Christmas card list or receive letters from friends and colleagues, this will go a long way to assisting his recovery.”

Contact details are:

Anthony Hartwell, Alderbourne Rehabilitation

Unit (Tel 01895 279661), Hillingdon Hospital, Pield Heath Rd, Uxbridge UB8 3NN.

Note: Tony's formal title is: Sir Francis Anthony Charles Peter Hartwell, 6th Baronet, of Dale Hall, Essex.

"I’ve just returned from a most enjoyable cruise aboard the very handsome 'Aegean Odyssey', operated by Voyages to Antiquity. As an ex-seafarer from the so-called ‘Golden Age of Ocean Travel’ I have never really been too keen to go on one of the modern-day cruise ships with all their crowds and endless entertaining, including ‘rock climbing, ice rinks, shopping malls and you name it, but this trip was arranged by our own Maritime Memories people, who are also ex seafarers and know just what us old shipmates really enjoy aboard going to sea.

This is the third cruise I’ve done with Maritime Memories, the first one being when they arranged to take nearly 200 of us (including Arctic Convoy Veterans) on a voyage back to Murmansk, which was absolutely amazing. On that voyage they managed to involve armed forces from Norway, Russia and the UK, who all helped to work together to commemorate those WW2 convoys and to finally get the importance of the roles they played to our government, and to play a major part in ensuring those veterans were awarded a very special medal for their services." Jim Evans.

If you want information on next year’s Maritime Memories cruises then just give Des and Ulla a call: 00 44 (0) 1273 585391 or email them at:

Farewell to 'The Love Boat'......

It will be recalled that in late 2014, I circulated the news that Spirit of London/Sun Princess was still operating 42 years after she was built and sailing under the name Ocean Dream. Under Chinese ownership, she was operating 3 day cruises from Laem Chabang in Thailand.

This information had been passed to me by Julian Hustwitt, ex Assistant Purser, who now lives in Thailand.

Julian has now been in contact with me again, and I have also since heard from others that, sadly, the ship sank at her moorings on Saturday 27 February.

It seems that when I originally wrote, her Chinese owners had probably already been declared insolvent. Consequently they had abandoned the ship some months before and left her, unmanned, without even a watchman, anchored about 2km off Laem Chabang. Last week, she started to take in water, rolled over and now lies partially submerged (see photo attached).

It is reported that the Thai authorities have so far been unsuccessful in their efforts to contact the owners re her removal.

 Derek Warmington

The following was received on 12th February 2016:-

I am Kenneth (Ken) Snoding and I served as a Bellboy on the SS Strathaird in 1959/60 at the age of 17, completing four round trips to Sydney from Tilbury Docks.
During one of the trips I met and fell in love with a beautiful young lady, about my age, who was emigrating with her parents. At that time I was a steward in the lounge serving coffees etc. When working I often sang Frank Sinatra songs, and I noticed a beautiful young lady standing against the ship's rail listening to me. We got talking and eventually dated when we docked at Sydney. I met her parents and I remember walking hand in hand with her across Sydney Harbour Bridge.
We planned on meeting again on my next trip, but I got myself into trouble with the Australian police by drinking under age and causing a disturbance. I was sentenced to ten days in Sydney prison, of which I served 4 days. I assume that P&O got me released early as the ship was sailing. Therefore, I never got to meet the lovely young lady again.
I Since married and have had four lovely children with my wife Jess.
Just after the birth of my third child I received a letter from one of the girl's friends in Australia saying that the girl had been pining all those lost years and would not go out of the house and socialise, hoping one day I would return to her.
I was involved in family life and, alas, never replied to the letter.
Being an honest guy I have always had a feeling of guilt. And now that circumstances have changed in recent months (I have lost both my wife and daughter through illness) I have found that my guilt of letting her down is now more apparent.
Sadly, over the years, my memory of her name has gone.
But the memories of our short relationship linger on.
So I think it would be honourable of me to try to contact this lady and explain the circumstances of that time in our lives.
I am hoping that by publishing this on your website it would jog someone's memory and perhaps they could contact me on
I am going on a cruise later in October this year, with my two sisters, from Singapore to Sydney. It would be lovely to maybe meet for a coffee so that I could make amends.
Kind Regards and Best Wishes,
Ken Snoding (Northampton, England)


The true story of a 19 year-old California surfer who stows away on two passenger liners and circumnavigates the world in 79 days. Tag along as he learns the lessons of shipboard survival and how to circumvent Immigration, Customs, and port security officials. Join the stowaway as he poses as a passenger during the day...and sleeps in shipboard restrooms at night! Travel with him on SS Iberia from Hawaii to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the Suez Canal, Egypt, Spain, Portugal, and the ship's final destination, England. Discover, as he does, that there's only one dangerous way to finally get ashore undetected. Join him throughout Britain as he searches desperately to find a way back to the States without having a passport or even a driver's license. And come aboard once again as he stows away on SS Canberra to cross the Atlantic and finally reach home. Twelve action-packed chapters and an epilogue provide a first-hand account of a truly remarkable coming-of-age story.

P&O Heritage's excellent ships fact sheets are full of useful information and cover over 2,000 ships over 100 tons (grt).

Many ships names were used more than once! To distinguish between ships we have included the date that each ship entered service.

P&O acquired over 40 different shipping lines worldwide and many of these had several different company names. Select a shipping line from their excellent drop down list.

Find out about ships' logs and ships' movements with their research guides.

If you can't find the ship you are looking for it may not be a P&O ship. Use their links to help you find other resources .

Their date slider uses the P&O service dates for each ship. Choose a wider date range if you don't know when the ship was in P&O service.

You can buy prints or photographs in their secure online shop.

They have over 12,000 photographs, which they are gradually adding to their site.

Let me know if you want to sell anything P&O related - provenance required!

David Austin would like to make contact with Judy Corkhill who was a telephonist on board Chusan

Please e-mail:


Have now moved to a dedicated page.....

To view, please click the link below:

The Great War

Preserve us from the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto our most gracious Sovereign Lord, King George, and his  Dominions, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our Island may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with the fruits of our labours, and with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. From the Book of Common Prayer - forms of prayer to be used at sea.

The 1914-15 Star; The British War Medal, 1914-1920; The Victory Medal, 1914-19. AKA: "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred".

The P&O Company lost 85 ships in the 1914-1918 War, the majority of them cargo ships going about their lawful occasions.....

Each ship has a story to tell; every man and woman a tale of fortitude and courage in adversity. You may have relatives who served - if so I would love to hear about them for inclusion in a section dedicated to this great endeavour.

I believe there is a story that P &O asked permission of the Admiralty for their deck officers to be allowed to wear swords. The response was that they could if the sword were worn in the middle and was made of wood. This of course may well be apocryphal!

However, after a certain amount of research into my P&O archives, I discover that such swords did exist, and were worn - not as dress swords - but as razor sharp fighting swords.

A Victorian P&O line officer's sword, of naval officer's pattern, slightly curved fullered blade 29" by Maynard, Harris & Grice, 126 Leadenhall St, London (the style of the firm 1869-78) etched with rising sun over fouled anchor within tightly scrolled panels, regulation brass hilt incorporating rising sun over fouled anchor, turn down inner section, lion's head pommel, wirebound sharkskin grip, brass mounted leather scabbard.

And here's a Victorian P&O sword belt buckle, which is part of the National Maritime Museum's superb collection.

The NMM has a small collection of P&O artefacts, but would appreciate any examples of gold braid, badges of rank, etc


Step on board the Kaiser- i -Hind. It's Autumn 1928. Three young women are on their way to India, each with a new life in mind. Rose, a beautiful but naïve bride-to-be, is anxious about leaving her family and marrying a man she hardly knows. Victoria, her bridesmaid couldn't be happier to get away from her overbearing mother, and is determined to find herself a husband. And Viva, their inexperienced chaperone, is in search of the India of her childhood, ghosts from the past and freedom. Each of them has their own reason for leaving their homeland but the hopes and secrets they carry can do little to prepare them for what lies ahead in India. From the parties of the wealthy Bombay socialites, to the ragged orphans on Tamarind Street, East Of The Sun is an utterly engaging novel that will captivate readers everywhere.

Visoni have an excellent range of greetings cards and posters featuring P & O, including cards romancing the early days of the Cruise Ships, Voyages of Pleasure, Mermaids, Far Away destinations, Feluccas on the Nile, Maritime Transportation, etc.

More Orient Line ships are coming!

Any photos, memories etc greatly appreciated!

Please click the link above to view the work in progress.

Chusan - my all-time favourite ship....

Neil Rathen e-mailed me to say purchased this painting of the Chusan from a market in Singapore over 10 years ago .. It is signed by Edward Beckett ..

This fine painting, oil on canvas, also by Edward Beckett, formerly graced the "mahogany corrider" at Vickers Shipbuilders at Barrow-in-Furness. 'Ted' Beckett was the principal artist used by the shipyard from the late 1940s until his retirement in the early 1980s. He provided impressions of projected and implemented ship designs as a means of promoting the Yard and selling potential orders.

I was delighted to hear from Chusan's former Staff Captain Joe Chapman, and Lilias, now residing in Cornwall. Posted 9th January 2016.

I visited former Third Engineer Officer Edward (Ted) Pooley today, who lives near Shaftesbury. He wishes to be remembered to all those who sailed with him aboard such ships as Socotra, Somali, Soudan, Cannanore and Arcadia pre-1961. Posted 20th December 2013


My grateful thanks to Diana Borcherds (nee French), for some super photos! Serving first with the Orient Line as a WAP, then as a Social Hostess, she amassed a superb collection of photographs, taken all over the world - many of which will be featured in due course.

Strathmore as you've (probably!) never seen her before...

The P&O liner Strathmore, on the tranquil waters of a new Zealand lake...

Underway again in all her glory...

This beautiful model was made by Dick Hopper - who has also built Union Castle's Pretoria Castle and Shaw Savill's Northern Star to the same 1/96th scale.

Presumably, the Union Castle and the Shaw Savill, as overtaking vessels under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, will keep clear of the P&O?  It looks as if Strathmore is already going full astern on both engines!


Radio Officer Don Chapman has sent me some great photos of Chusan and Strathaird and I will shortly be starting a Radio Officer's web page - so please do let me have any (printable!) reminiscences and photos for this important archive.

Dip into decades of P&O's history from paddle steamers to passenger liners and ports. Experience over 175 years of life at sea and ashore with P&O, in this wonderful P&O Heritage timeline.

Posted on 7th November 2013

The P&O Medical Society was started in 1997 with members made up of doctors and nurses who were or are employed by P&O/Carnival, plus associates who are nominated by members and have had a close connection to the medics.   We have a reunion every year in various parts of the UK plus a quarterly newsletter.   This year, 2013, our venue was St Petroc's Bistro and Hotel in Padstow, one of Rick Stein's establishments, which proved a very enjoyable and cheery occasion.   Next year we shall be returning to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club on Saturday 22 March for luncheon, with an hour's reception beforehand at our treasurer's home in Southampton.   Anyone interested in joining please contact Cyndy Sandum, Honorary Secretary, by email

Posted 4th October 2013

Some recommended links:

P&O Heritage  which exists to preserve and celebrate the Company's maritime history and collections.

Canberra  the only website on the Internet devoted solely to the great liner and cruise ship, Canberra.

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