P&O Heritage Collection

P&O Heritage Collection P&O Heritage Collection, exists to preserve and celebrate over 180 years of maritime history and the collection of one of the best known shipping companies in the world.

As our name suggests, P&O Heritage, exists to preserve and celebrate the maritime history and collections of P&O, one of the best known shipping companies in the world. Our website is our main port of call fro visitors and we have designed it to allow our collections - and the rich heritage of P&O - to be more accessible to the public, thereby continuing to keep alive the memory of the enormous co

As our name suggests, P&O Heritage, exists to preserve and celebrate the maritime history and collections of P&O, one of the best known shipping companies in the world. Our website is our main port of call fro visitors and we have designed it to allow our collections - and the rich heritage of P&O - to be more accessible to the public, thereby continuing to keep alive the memory of the enormous co

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The permanence of prints!  For #throwbackThursday we’re looking at CANBERRA’s cabin art with one of 75 prints retained f...
24/06/2021

The permanence of prints! For #throwbackThursday we’re looking at CANBERRA’s cabin art with one of 75 prints retained from the liner’s original decoration and No.14 in our #[email protected] series.

The permanence of prints! For #throwbackThursday we’re looking at CANBERRA’s cabin art with one of 75 prints retained from the liner’s original decoration and No.14 in our #[email protected] series.

60 years ago, a cosy cabin on CANBERRA was a passport to a new life in Australia or New Zealand.  Find out more with Obj...
22/06/2021

60 years ago, a cosy cabin on CANBERRA was a passport to a new life in Australia or New Zealand. Find out more with Object No.13 - #[email protected] #TravelTuesday

60 years ago, a cosy cabin on CANBERRA was a passport to a new life in Australia or New Zealand. Find out more with Object No.13 - #[email protected] #TravelTuesday

#FathersDay and time for lounging about on board! Our heritage photos show P&O's CANBERRA in 1961 and ARCADIA in 1894!
20/06/2021

#FathersDay and time for lounging about on board! Our heritage photos show P&O's CANBERRA in 1961 and ARCADIA in 1894!

#FathersDay and time for lounging about on board! Our heritage photos show P&O's CANBERRA in 1961 and ARCADIA in 1894!

There's still time to gee up for the last days of #RoyalAscot ! Here's detail from a lovely series of race course menu c...
17/06/2021

There's still time to gee up for the last days of #RoyalAscot ! Here's detail from a lovely series of race course menu covers, commissioned by the Orient Line, from Australian artist Douglas Annand (1903-1976) in 1954.

There's still time to gee up for the last days of #RoyalAscot ! Here's detail from a lovely series of race course menu covers, commissioned by the Orient Line, from Australian artist Douglas Annand (1903-1976) in 1954.

If football’s not your thing, grab a bat and ball and head to the Cricketer’s Tavern in No.12 of in our #CANBERRA@60in60...
15/06/2021

If football’s not your thing, grab a bat and ball and head to the Cricketer’s Tavern in No.12 of in our #[email protected] series.

If football’s not your thing, grab a bat and ball and head to the Cricketer’s Tavern in No.12 of in our #[email protected] series.

#Eclipse2021 - As you look to the skies today we're continuing our #CANBERRAat60in60 season with this great photo of ecl...
10/06/2021

#Eclipse2021 - As you look to the skies today we're continuing our #CANBERRAat60in60 season with this great photo of eclipse watchers on CANBERRA enjoying a whopping 5min 44sec solar eclipse on the 30th June 1973, off the coast of West Africa. #ThrowbackThursday

#Eclipse2021 - As you look to the skies today we're continuing our #CANBERRAat60in60 season with this great photo of eclipse watchers on CANBERRA enjoying a whopping 5min 44sec solar eclipse on the 30th June 1973, off the coast of West Africa. #ThrowbackThursday

For No.10 of our #CANBERRAat60in60 series we’re appreciating the finer points of design in the First Class Pacific Resta...
09/06/2021

For No.10 of our #CANBERRAat60in60 series we’re appreciating the finer points of design in the First Class Pacific Restaurant. Find out more in our 'CANBERRA - A Design Classic' Exhibition online https://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/exhibitions/canberra-a-design-classic

For No.10 of our #CANBERRAat60in60 series we’re appreciating the finer points of design in the First Class Pacific Restaurant. Find out more in our 'CANBERRA - A Design Classic' Exhibition online https://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/exhibitions/canberra-a-design-classic

#TravelTuesday - Don't miss the boat...! There's still time to find the perfect #FathersDay print just head to PO Prints...
08/06/2021

#TravelTuesday - Don't miss the boat...! There's still time to find the perfect #FathersDay print just head to PO Prints https://prints.poheritage.com/ where you'll find a huge selection to choose from.

#TravelTuesday - Don't miss the boat...! There's still time to find the perfect #FathersDay print just head to PO Prints https://prints.poheritage.com/ where you'll find a huge selection to choose from.

In the wake of #DDay commemorations we’re remembering CANBERRA’s part in the 50th Anniversary in 1994 with No.9 in our #...
07/06/2021

In the wake of #DDay commemorations we’re remembering CANBERRA’s part in the 50th Anniversary in 1994 with No.9 in our #CANBERRAat60in60 line-up.

In the wake of #DDay commemorations we’re remembering CANBERRA’s part in the 50th Anniversary in 1994 with No.9 in our #CANBERRAat60in60 line-up.

#OTD 60 years ago CANBERRA sailed from Southampton on her historic maiden voyage to Australia and New Zealand. For some ...
02/06/2021

#OTD 60 years ago CANBERRA sailed from Southampton on her historic maiden voyage to Australia and New Zealand. For some it was the start of a new life down under… Find out more with No.8 in #CANBERRAat60in60 and our #TenPoundPoms online exhibition https://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/exhibitions/ten-pound-poms-POs-part-in-postwar-emigration-to-australia

#OTD 60 years ago CANBERRA sailed from Southampton on her historic maiden voyage to Australia and New Zealand. For some it was the start of a new life down under… Find out more with No.8 in #CANBERRAat60in60 and our #TenPoundPoms online exhibition https://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/exhibitions/ten-pound-poms-POs-part-in-postwar-emigration-to-australia

#OTD in 1961 excitement mounted in Southampton. Newsstands filled with special supplements and Sir Donald Anderson, addr...
01/06/2021

#OTD in 1961 excitement mounted in Southampton. Newsstands filled with special supplements and Sir Donald Anderson, addressing guests at a special lunch on board, congratulated P&O’s PR dept. on their superb work: “If anyone in these islands had not heard or read about CANBERRA they must have been deaf or illiterate”! Read all about it in No.7 of #CANBERRAat60in60

#OTD in 1961 excitement mounted in Southampton. Newsstands filled with special supplements and Sir Donald Anderson, addressing guests at a special lunch on board, congratulated P&O’s PR dept. on their superb work: “If anyone in these islands had not heard or read about CANBERRA they must have been deaf or illiterate”! Read all about it in No.7 of #CANBERRAat60in60

Its #FilmFriday so sit back and enjoy No. 5 of #CANBERRAat60in60 - CANBERRA in celluloid from 1957 to 1961 https://youtu...
28/05/2021

Its #FilmFriday so sit back and enjoy No. 5 of #CANBERRAat60in60 - CANBERRA in celluloid from 1957 to 1961 https://youtu.be/ieuRnLpcBSE

Its #FilmFriday so sit back and enjoy No. 5 of #CANBERRAat60in60 - CANBERRA in celluloid from 1957 to 1961 https://youtu.be/ieuRnLpcBSE

Continuing our #CANBERRAat60in60 we’re getting creative with object No.4, a brilliant sketch of CANBERRA by the man who ...
27/05/2021

Continuing our #CANBERRAat60in60 we’re getting creative with object No.4, a brilliant sketch of CANBERRA by the man who knew her from the inside out… #CANBERRA #CANBERRA60

Continuing our #CANBERRAat60in60 we’re getting creative with object No.4, a brilliant sketch of CANBERRA by the man who knew her from the inside out… #CANBERRA #CANBERRA60

For No.3 in our #canberraat60in60 series, we’re delving deep into our archive with a set of photos charting construction...
25/05/2021

For No.3 in our #canberraat60in60 series, we’re delving deep into our archive with a set of photos charting construction progress at Harland & Wolff Shipyard, Belfast from 1958-1960. Browse our galleries for more CANBERRA photos https://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/galleries/Canberra/Canberra-Photographs

For No.3 in our #canberraat60in60 series, we’re delving deep into our archive with a set of photos charting construction progress at Harland & Wolff Shipyard, Belfast from 1958-1960. Browse our galleries for more CANBERRA photos https://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/galleries/Canberra/Canberra-Photographs

It’s No.2 in our #CANBERRA @ 60 and #OTD in 1961 we’re on Day 2 of CANBERRA’s pre-maiden Whitsun cruise from the Clyde t...
21/05/2021

It’s No.2 in our #CANBERRA @ 60 and #OTD in 1961 we’re on Day 2 of CANBERRA’s pre-maiden Whitsun cruise from the Clyde to her home port #Southampton passing Isle of Man, Anglesey and Dover en route. #CANBERRAat60in60

It’s No.2 in our #CANBERRA @ 60 and #OTD in 1961 we’re on Day 2 of CANBERRA’s pre-maiden Whitsun cruise from the Clyde to her home port #Southampton passing Isle of Man, Anglesey and Dover en route. #CANBERRAat60in60

#OTD in 1961 CANBERRA was ‘handed over’ to P&O, from shipbuilder’s Harland & Wolff in a small but historic gathering off...
19/05/2021

#OTD in 1961 CANBERRA was ‘handed over’ to P&O, from shipbuilder’s Harland & Wolff in a small but historic gathering off Greenock 60 years ago. Join PO Heritage as we celebrate #CANBERRA @60 in 60 objects - carefully curated from our collection of over 2,500 - and starting today @ No.1! #CANBERRAat60in60

#OTD in 1961 CANBERRA was ‘handed over’ to P&O, from shipbuilder’s Harland & Wolff in a small but historic gathering off Greenock 60 years ago. Join PO Heritage as we celebrate #CANBERRA @60 in 60 objects - carefully curated from our collection of over 2,500 - and starting today @ No.1! #CANBERRAat60in60

Today in 1966: Postcard from passenger enjoying a trip on DUNERA  'At the moment I am sitting on the sun deck away from ...
18/05/2021

Today in 1966: Postcard from passenger enjoying a trip on DUNERA 'At the moment I am sitting on the sun deck away from the children. We have had a marvellous crossing... We are steaming up the west coast of Norway heading for Tronheim. We arrive there tomorrow at 1400hrs. I am learning a lot of nautical terms...'. (Image shows DUNERA at Valetta, Malta) #TravelTuesday

Today in 1966: Postcard from passenger enjoying a trip on DUNERA 'At the moment I am sitting on the sun deck away from the children. We have had a marvellous crossing... We are steaming up the west coast of Norway heading for Tronheim. We arrive there tomorrow at 1400hrs. I am learning a lot of nautical terms...'. (Image shows DUNERA at Valetta, Malta) #TravelTuesday

Today in 1953: The 'Programme of Arrangements' for the maiden voyage of Orient Line's ORSOVA on 13th May 1953 #throwback...
13/05/2021

Today in 1953: The 'Programme of Arrangements' for the maiden voyage of Orient Line's ORSOVA on 13th May 1953 #throwbackthursday

Today in 1953: The 'Programme of Arrangements' for the maiden voyage of Orient Line's ORSOVA on 13th May 1953 #throwbackthursday

Today in 1906: Dreaming of a summer holiday - see what you can get for your money for a cruise to the Med on board VECTI...
11/05/2021

Today in 1906: Dreaming of a summer holiday - see what you can get for your money for a cruise to the Med on board VECTIS leaving on 11th May 1906 #traveltuesday

Today in 1906: Dreaming of a summer holiday - see what you can get for your money for a cruise to the Med on board VECTIS leaving on 11th May 1906 #traveltuesday

For #Throwbackthursday we’re going below decks to marvel at the mechanics – 3-geared steam turbine engines - of P&O’s ge...
06/05/2021

For #Throwbackthursday we’re going below decks to marvel at the mechanics – 3-geared steam turbine engines - of P&O’s general cargo liner SURAT (which entered service in 1948 with the call sign MAYJ!) Follow in film as a young engineer joins P&O in 1958 and gets to grips with SURAT’s engines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5BPm93YKtU

#TravelTuesday and we're dreaming big! The world is yours to discover with P&O's World Tours in 1930...
04/05/2021

#TravelTuesday and we're dreaming big! The world is yours to discover with P&O's World Tours in 1930...

#TravelTuesday and we're dreaming big! The world is yours to discover with P&O's World Tours in 1930...

#OTD in 1960 you could have been packed and ready to set sail on IBERIA...!
30/04/2021

#OTD in 1960 you could have been packed and ready to set sail on IBERIA...!

#OTD in 1960 you could have been packed and ready to set sail on IBERIA...!

#TravelTuesday we might not be able to travel to Japan just yet, but we can still enjoy spring and some home- grown cher...
27/04/2021

#TravelTuesday we might not be able to travel to Japan just yet, but we can still enjoy spring and some home- grown cherry blossom. Decorative detail from a series of P&O menus designed by Greig in 1930s.

#TravelTuesday we might not be able to travel to Japan just yet, but we can still enjoy spring and some home- grown cherry blossom. Decorative detail from a series of P&O menus designed by Greig in 1930s.

It's #StGeorgesDay and we're flying the flag with English roses, in this detail from our 1938 brochure for sailings from...
23/04/2021

It's #StGeorgesDay and we're flying the flag with English roses, in this detail from our 1938 brochure for sailings from the Riviera to England.

It's #StGeorgesDay and we're flying the flag with English roses, in this detail from our 1938 brochure for sailings from the Riviera to England.

#throwbackthursday & we’re in heart of London’s Docks in this atmospheric scene painted by Charles Dixon exactly #100Yea...
22/04/2021

#throwbackthursday & we’re in heart of London’s Docks in this atmospheric scene painted by Charles Dixon exactly #100Yearsago. Dixon’s work, steeped in his experience of London’s docks, uses some artistic licence! Liners NZSCo. TEKOA (1922) (foreground) is yet to enter service, within a year FSNCo. WILTSHIRE (1912) - which survived WW1 - will be wrecked off #NewZealand. But both will play a vital role in shipping goods and passengers across the world. #maritimeuk #oceanliners

#throwbackthursday & we’re in heart of London’s Docks in this atmospheric scene painted by Charles Dixon exactly #100Yearsago. Dixon’s work, steeped in his experience of London’s docks, uses some artistic licence! Liners NZSCo. TEKOA (1922) (foreground) is yet to enter service, within a year FSNCo. WILTSHIRE (1912) - which survived WW1 - will be wrecked off #NewZealand. But both will play a vital role in shipping goods and passengers across the world. #maritimeuk #oceanliners

It’s always time for tea but none more so than on #NationalTeaDay.  So make a brew, get out the china and raise your cup...
21/04/2021

It’s always time for tea but none more so than on #NationalTeaDay. So make a brew, get out the china and raise your cup to the health of HM Queen on her 95th birthday. #QueensBirthday. Our archive image shows afternoon tea on the deck of a P&O steamer in Venice in 1889.

It’s always time for tea but none more so than on #NationalTeaDay. So make a brew, get out the china and raise your cup to the health of HM Queen on her 95th birthday. #QueensBirthday. Our archive image shows afternoon tea on the deck of a P&O steamer in Venice in 1889.

#QueensBirthday On Her Majesty’s 95th Birthday we’re remembering a special and happy occasion.  As guest of honour, HM T...
21/04/2021

#QueensBirthday On Her Majesty’s 95th Birthday we’re remembering a special and happy occasion. As guest of honour, HM The Queen was presented with facsimile edition of W.W. Lloyd’s P&O Pencillings by Lord Sterling on our 150th Anniversary in 1987. View the gift fit for a Queen https://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/galleries/Prints-and-Drawings/Pencillings & find out more https://www.poheritage.com/features/po-180-curators-choice-a-firm-favourite

#QueensBirthday On Her Majesty’s 95th Birthday we’re remembering a special and happy occasion. As guest of honour, HM The Queen was presented with facsimile edition of W.W. Lloyd’s P&O Pencillings by Lord Sterling on our 150th Anniversary in 1987. View the gift fit for a Queen https://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/galleries/Prints-and-Drawings/Pencillings & find out more https://www.poheritage.com/features/po-180-curators-choice-a-firm-favourite

It's #TravelTuesday and we’re letting the train take the strain with P&O's Overland Express - the luxe and fast way to m...
20/04/2021

It's #TravelTuesday and we’re letting the train take the strain with P&O's Overland Express - the luxe and fast way to meet the steamer at Marseilles. This stunning brochure cover from 1935 was designed by Michael Horan.

HRH Duke of Edinburgh kindly graced us with his presence, escorting HM The Queen at P&O events for over 40 years.  But t...
17/04/2021

HRH Duke of Edinburgh kindly graced us with his presence, escorting HM The Queen at P&O events for over 40 years. But today we end our week of remembrance with HRH in his element, on board a ship, inspiring the young on a visit to Cadetships OTAIO and DURHAM in 1964.

On 7th July 1987 HM The Queen & HRH Duke of Edinburgh were guests of honour at P&O’s 150th Anniversary on PACIFIC PRINCE...
16/04/2021

On 7th July 1987 HM The Queen & HRH Duke of Edinburgh were guests of honour at P&O’s 150th Anniversary on PACIFIC PRINCESS at Greenwich. Travelling by launch, ROYAL NORE, HRH enjoyed a lavish dinner, spectacular firework display and a joke with fellow seafarer Captain Mike (Sammy) Bradford.

HRH Duke of Edinburgh paid a solo visit to P&O’s CANBERRA in Southampton almost 60 years ago on 13th May 1961.  The Duke...
15/04/2021

HRH Duke of Edinburgh paid a solo visit to P&O’s CANBERRA in Southampton almost 60 years ago on 13th May 1961. The Duke toured the futuristic liner with P&O’s Chairman, Sir Donald Anderson, Sir Hugh Casson, designer of RY BRITANNIA and CANBERRA’S First Class interiors, and Captain Wild.
In the bridge the Duke was the first to sign the visitor’s book, a cherished item in our archive today. #ThrowbackThursday #DukeofEdinburgh

ORIANA’s bow looms large above HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Vickers-Armstrong Ltd. Shipyard, Barrow-in-Furness where the Duk...
14/04/2021

ORIANA’s bow looms large above HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Vickers-Armstrong Ltd. Shipyard, Barrow-in-Furness where the Duke laid the keel for HMS DREADNOUGHT Britain’s first nuclear-powered submarine on 12th June 1959.

The Duke returned with HM The Queen who launched HMS DREADNOUGHT on 21st October 1960. The visit to Vickers-Armstrong included a Royal inspection of the now completed ORIANA with P&O Chairman Sir Donald Anderson. The Duke seemed particularly fascinated by the thoroughly modern bar tables which, as Sir Colin Anderson pointed out, lit up at night! #DukeofEdinburgh

HM The Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh, escorted by Prime Minister Sidney George Holland and his wife, as they prepare t...
13/04/2021

HM The Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh, escorted by Prime Minister Sidney George Holland and his wife, as they prepare to depart from Bluff Harbour, #NewZealand on 30th January 1954. Berthed alongside GOTHIC (1948), which had been specially refitted for the Coronation Tour, was N.Z.S.Co. HAPARANGI (1947) enjoying a super stern view of the Royal couple. #DukeofEdinburgh.
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HM The Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh, escorted by Prime Minister Sidney George Holland and his wife, as they prepare to depart from Bluff Harbour, #NewZealand on 30th January 1954. Berthed alongside GOTHIC (1948), which had been specially refitted for the Coronation Tour, was N.Z.S.Co. HAPARANGI (1947) enjoying a super stern view of the Royal couple. #DukeofEdinburgh.
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Visit the P&O Heritage website to browse our galleries, research your family history and look up ships in our archive and take a journey back in time with our P&O timeline http://www.poheritage.com/

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As our name suggests, P&O Heritage, exists to preserve and celebrate the maritime history and collections of P&O, one of the best known shipping companies in the world. Our website is our main port of call for visitors and we have designed it to allow our collections - and the rich heritage of P&O - to be more accessible to the public, thereby continuing to keep alive the memory of the enormous contribution P&O has made to numerous people and countries around the world for over 180 years. Behind the scenes, the P&O Heritage Collection, which numbers over 30,000 items, is cared for by a small dedicated team of three: Curator, Digital Curator and Web editor and Conservator, based in the European regional headquarters of DP World. Our vast and varied collections of archives and artefacts tell the story of P&O and the numerous shipping lines it acquired, including Orient Line, British India and many more. DP World acquired P&O in 2006 and today it takes great pride in its association with the venerable name of P&O. DP World is committed to the work of P&O Heritage and to preserving and protecting this unique collection for future generations.

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Hello has anyone got any photos of deck seats from the 1950s Don't mean deck chairs but fixed seats like on prom deck etc ?
A small group dedicated to P&O/Cunard Captains,Deputy Captains and Crew past and present and their ships. facebook.com/groups/1931957673713262/
Orcades aground in the south channel of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne '1952
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my fathers wage slip !
A small group dedicated to P&O/Cunard Captains,Deputy Captains and Crew past and present and their ships. facebook.com/groups/193195763713262/
We found this the other day
A stunning table from the first class lounge of the Stratheden.