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 contribution P&O has made to numerous people and countries around the world for over 175 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 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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#TravelTuesday our travel might be virtual these days, but thanks to the artistry of graphic designer Frank H Ball, work...
23/03/2021

#TravelTuesday our travel might be virtual these days, but thanks to the artistry of graphic designer Frank H Ball, working in the 1930s, we can set sail for India and imagine the journey and the colourful sights.

Continuing #WomensHistoryMonth this #Throwbackthursday we're celebrating our ladies of the bureau.  Stenographers - as t...
18/03/2021

Continuing #WomensHistoryMonth this #Throwbackthursday we're celebrating our ladies of the bureau. Stenographers - as they were first typeset - joined the ranks of P&O and Orient Lines' Officer crew after war in 1947. Adverts featuring Miss Macaire placed in 'Tatler' and newspapers in the 1950s helped swell numbers and by the 1960s "Women, Female or Lady" Assistant Pursers appeared on many crew lists. But, discrimination went deeper than the prefix... Outdated attitudes capped the budding career of seafaring women at 40, until Judy Smyth (1939-2009) won her bureau battle to become P&O's first female Bureau Manager in 1977 and Purser in 1990. Find out more http://www.poheritage.com/.../exh.../wow-women-on-the-waves/ and #ChoosetoChallenge #WomeninMaritime

For #StPatricksDay we're reeling back to the 1990s with this great vintage-inspired poster for @POFerries to the Emerald...
17/03/2021

For #StPatricksDay we're reeling back to the 1990s with this great vintage-inspired poster for @POFerries to the Emerald Isle. Happy travelling!

#OTD - 120 years ago - OPHIR set sail from Portsmouth on a Royal Tour to Australia to mark the opening of the first Comm...
16/03/2021

#OTD - 120 years ago - OPHIR set sail from Portsmouth on a Royal Tour to Australia to mark the opening of the first Commonwealth parliament. The 9-month tour took the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall (later King George V and Queen Mary) to Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, South Africa and Canada before returning to Portsmouth in November 1901. Arrangements for the Royal Couple included the creation of state apartments, the redecoration of existing elaborate Orient Line interiors (designed by the architect J. J. Stevenson), first class service and even entertainment! #TravelTuesday

We're marking #MothersDay with one Mother, Frederica Kempton,  photographed with her son Claude (aged 8) clutching the s...
14/03/2021

We're marking #MothersDay with one Mother, Frederica Kempton, photographed with her son Claude (aged 8) clutching the ships cat onboard BALRANALD (1922) nearly a century ago. The Kemptons were on their way home to the UK after four years in Australia. We know distance and separation is really hard in this time of Covid, particularly so on #MotheringSunday, but when we all meet again, it will be worth the wait...

#WomensHistoryMonth in week of #IWD2021 we’re remembering the extraordinary Victoria Drummond MBE of #Megginch the first...
11/03/2021

#WomensHistoryMonth in week of #IWD2021 we’re remembering the extraordinary Victoria Drummond MBE of #Megginch the first ever female marine engineer. She joined BI’s MULBERA in 1927, as 5th Engineer (see photographs). She sat her Chief Engineer exams 30 times - passing then was not a problem of competence, but gender… #ChoosetoChallenge #WomenInSTEM
Find her inspiring and courageous story in http://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/exhibitions/wow-women-on-the-waves/
#ThrowbackThursday #WomenInMaritime

We're marking #Commonwealthday with P&O's Branch Liner COMMONWEALTH (1902) pictured in 3 postcards,  3 principal ports (...
08/03/2021

We're marking #Commonwealthday with P&O's Branch Liner COMMONWEALTH (1902) pictured in 3 postcards, 3 principal ports (London, Cape Town and Sydney) - connecting 3 commonwealth countries of the UK, South Africa and Australia, and all by sea!

#WomensHistoryMonth we’re shining our searchlight on Stewardesses.  Beyond the stunning artistry of our 1869 testimonial...
04/03/2021

#WomensHistoryMonth we’re shining our searchlight on Stewardesses. Beyond the stunning artistry of our 1869 testimonial (made by W.C. Clarke of Southampton and dedicated to P&O Steward-in-Charge Robert Grills), are the precious identities of seafaring women working for P&O 150 years ago #ThrowbackThursday.
P&O first employed stewardesses in 1840s for lady passengers. By the 1860s they worked in pairs like Mrs Goldie & Mrs McCall on BANGALORE (1867) and travelled as far as Australia. Find out more about our female seafarers past and present http://www.poheritage.com/the-collection/exhibitions/wow-women-on-the-waves/ celebrate #WomeninMaritime. #WomenOnTheWaves

#TravelTuesday and we're alongside in #HongKong #OTD 30 years ago. CANBERRA spent 2 days in HK on her world cruise, befo...
02/03/2021

#TravelTuesday and we're alongside in #HongKong #OTD 30 years ago. CANBERRA spent 2 days in HK on her world cruise, before setting sail for Kota Kinabalu. Look out for much more from our CANBERRA Collection, as we celebrate our most popular liner 60 years on.

For #StDavidsDay we're turning back to 1931 and shining our searchlight on one of the most famous Davids in Welsh histor...
01/03/2021

For #StDavidsDay we're turning back to 1931 and shining our searchlight on one of the most famous Davids in Welsh history - David Lloyd George - the first and only Welshman to hold the office of Prime Minister (1916-1922). We catch up with him on the P&O liners COMORIN and RAJPUTANA as he took a convalescent voyage to Ceylon 90 years ago. The former PM was recovering from surgery and, like so many, he quickly discovered the health benefits of a sea passage declaring: "I am now able to play about five games of deck quoits a day, and walk three or four miles up and down without tiring".

It’s #InternationalPolarBearDay and we are heading to the polar bear capital of Norway – Spitzbergen – cruising on VECTI...
27/02/2021

It’s #InternationalPolarBearDay and we are heading to the polar bear capital of Norway – Spitzbergen – cruising on VECTIS in 1909. P&O’s first ever cruise was to Spitzbergen and the arctic north on VECTIS in 1904. Find out more about the lure of polar cruising in Christopher Wright’s book “Of Penguins and Polar Bears” - https://ofpenguinsandpolarbears.ca/

#ThrowbackThursday and we’re feeling the need for #realbreadweek with IBERIA’s baker, busy on board!
25/02/2021

#ThrowbackThursday and we’re feeling the need for #realbreadweek with IBERIA’s baker, busy on board!

#TravelTuesday We’re travelling to #Japan on #Emperorsbirthday with this beautiful fan brochure designed by Kay Stewart ...
23/02/2021

#TravelTuesday We’re travelling to #Japan on #Emperorsbirthday with this beautiful fan brochure designed by Kay Stewart in 1954 and advertising P&O services to Japan for the 1954-55 season. We have many other wonderful designs by Kay Stewart from 1950s but we know far too little about this artist - we’d love to know more. Please reach out to us @poheritage if you have any information about Kay Stewart.

How could we resist these old sea dogs on #Nationalloveyourpetday?  They were snapped on BALLARAT by Radio Officer A. C....
20/02/2021

How could we resist these old sea dogs on #Nationalloveyourpetday? They were snapped on BALLARAT by Radio Officer A. C. Griggs and published in our company magazine "About Ourselves" in 1966.

For #ThrowbackThursday we’re joining P&O’s Container Fleet Division at work in their new office - Navigation House, One ...
18/02/2021

For #ThrowbackThursday we’re joining P&O’s Container Fleet Division at work in their new office - Navigation House, One Aldgate, London - in February 1971, exactly 50 years ago!

#PancakeDay. Eggs and wheat for flour... just missing the milk  in Edward Bawden's beautiful design for an Orient Line d...
16/02/2021

#PancakeDay. Eggs and wheat for flour... just missing the milk in Edward Bawden's beautiful design for an Orient Line dinner menu designed in 1949 and printed by Lusty in a run of 10,000. #PancakeDay #shrovetuesday #getflipping

We're celebrating  #ValentinesDay with a classic from John Henry Gilmour's (1879-1951)  'Sailors Cartoons' from "Life on...
14/02/2021

We're celebrating #ValentinesDay with a classic from John Henry Gilmour's (1879-1951) 'Sailors Cartoons' from "Life on the Ocean Waves" a book of witty takes on the sailor's life "published, in a laudable attempt at 'Sea Mindedness' for the General Steam Navigation Company Co., Ltd., in connection with their Eagle Steamers Thames Passenger Services to the Coast". References to CRESTED EAGLE (1925), ROYAL EAGLE (1932) and many other GSNCo. steamers feature in the book. A New Zealander by birth, Gilmour arrived in the UK in 1932. He drew for the London Evening Standard , wrote song lyrics and even published a newspaper "Cartoon Commentator". Gilmour died 70 years ago; gone but not forgotten, like the Sailors of then and now. #ValentinesDay Seafarers UK Nautilus International

In #NAW2021 steer a course to #MaritimeUK @MUKCareers and discover how apprenticeships https://www.maritimeuk.org/career...
11/02/2021

In #NAW2021 steer a course to #MaritimeUK @MUKCareers and discover how apprenticeships https://www.maritimeuk.org/careers/apprenticeships/can kickstart your #maritimecareer #Maritime2050. For our part we’re remembering the cadetships OTAIO & DURHAM, where so many illustrious #maritimecareers began, and a Royal visit 57 years ago. Our photographs show navigating cadets T. J. Oakshot and M. J. Sutherland meeting the Duke – happy memories @MVOtaio for #ThrowbackThursday.

It’s #TravelTuesday and we're sticking with the snow but travelling to New York via Sweden!  This New York street scene ...
09/02/2021

It’s #TravelTuesday and we're sticking with the snow but travelling to New York via Sweden! This New York street scene has quite a history. It was created by Swedish artist Marianne Dombret (nee Heijkenskjöld) (1913-1987) - when studying art in New York - and was once displayed on Swedish American Line KUNGSHOLM (1966). It’s one of over 150 original works by Scandinavian artists in our collection acquired with the purchase of KUNGSHOLM (then SEA PRINCESS, later VICTORIA) by P&O in 1979.

It's #NewZealandDay and we're marking the day with a stunning brochure designed by architect & artist Gert Sellheim (190...
06/02/2021

It's #NewZealandDay and we're marking the day with a stunning brochure designed by architect & artist Gert Sellheim (1907-1970). The brochure dates from 1935, a year after Waitangi Day was first celebrated on 6th February 1934, and is one of over 1,500 brochures in our collection.

Some weekend reading for our German audience.
05/02/2021

Some weekend reading for our German audience.

Seit einigen Wochen stellen wir freitags „Schiffsoldies“ und deren Geschichten vor – darunter einige namhafte und berühmte wie die ASTOR oder die QE2, die die Kreuzfahrtwelt prägten. Oftmals aber auch Schiffe, etwa die CEYLON (immerhin wird sie als eines der ersten Kreuzfahrtschiffe gehandelt), BELGENLAND oder ASAMA MARU, die zumindest im deutschsprachigen kreuzfahrtaffinen Raum eher weniger Relevanz hatten.

Heute steht die STRATHAIRD (https://anbord.de/schiff-mit-nase/) von P&O im Fokus. Und neben Details zum „Leben“ einer der „White Sisters“, mit der auch Egon Erwin Kisch „Down Under“ bereiste, finden sich im Artikel Fotos und Postkarten aus dem Archiv von P&O Heritage Collection, das über 35.000 Objekte umfasst.

Foto: Postkarte mit div. Motiven der STRATHAIRD. Reproduced by kind permission of P&O Heritage www.poheritage.com

#Strathaird #GeschichtevonSchiffen #POHeritage

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It’s #Timetotalkday and whilst we can’t see our friends and loved ones, in these tricky times, fortunately we can still ...
04/02/2021

It’s #Timetotalkday and whilst we can’t see our friends and loved ones, in these tricky times, fortunately we can still pick up the phone. So, make that call, check up on an old crewmate and take time to talk today. #ThrowbackThursday Anne Garland (left) and Margaret Kendrick connecting callers on CANBERRA in 1967.

It’s #NationalStorytellingWeek and the perfect excuse to cosy up with a new book.  “The Uganda sails Wednesday” has just...
03/02/2021

It’s #NationalStorytellingWeek and the perfect excuse to cosy up with a new book. “The Uganda sails Wednesday” has just launched and it’s our topical pick. Stuart Condie’s debut novel puts UGANDA centre stage in the lives of the fictional Fontwell family. Stuart worked on UGANDA as a School Office Assistant in 1975, so expect a well-informed account of shipboard life as well as a stirring story…!
To buy the book head to https://www.stuartcondie.com/the-book or all good bookshops. For more on UGANDA visit www.poheritage.com and our you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T1GRKogwiQ

#OTD in 1954 P&O's newest liner ARCADIA arrived at Tilbury for the first time, and in the snow!  #TravelTuesday
02/02/2021

#OTD in 1954 P&O's newest liner ARCADIA arrived at Tilbury for the first time, and in the snow! #TravelTuesday

#ThrowbackThursday and former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan snapped on board IBERIA with Captain W.B. Vickers #OTD in ...
28/01/2021

#ThrowbackThursday and former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan snapped on board IBERIA with Captain W.B. Vickers #OTD in 1968. Harold Macmillan was en route from Los Angeles to Sydney

Happy #AustraliaDay! #OTD 90 years ago ORMONDE was the flagship for the Anniversary Regatta held in Sydney in 1931.   Mo...
26/01/2021

Happy #AustraliaDay! #OTD 90 years ago ORMONDE was the flagship for the Anniversary Regatta held in Sydney in 1931. Moored off Cremorne Point, ORMONDE and Orient Line officials played host to the great and the good, including the Lord Mayor of Sydney. #TravelTuesday

Keen photographer, Captain (later Commodore) Dunkley snapped ARCADIA in the snow at Gladstone Dock , Liverpool #OTD in 1...
23/01/2021

Keen photographer, Captain (later Commodore) Dunkley snapped ARCADIA in the snow at Gladstone Dock , Liverpool #OTD in 1954. It was a short wintery spell in dry dock before ARCADIA returned to the Clyde for sea trials on 26th January.

#ChineseNewYear and #2021 is the year of the Dragon. This decorative brochure, for P&O's Straits, China & Japan service,...
23/01/2021

#ChineseNewYear and #2021 is the year of the Dragon. This decorative brochure, for P&O's Straits, China & Japan service, dates from 1932. #yearofthedragon

#OTD in 1937 the death of King George V, on 20th January, was commemorated on board ORION with a special dinner menu and...
21/01/2021

#OTD in 1937 the death of King George V, on 20th January, was commemorated on board ORION with a special dinner menu and a quotation from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. As Duke of Cornwall, George toured the British Empire in 1901 on board OPHIR, accompanied by the Duchess of York. This autographed planotype was a gift to the Officer’s Ward Room on OPHIR.

Giddy-up and get ready for the races #OTD in 1937 on board MONGOLIA and “held under Marine Rules as sanctioned by Father...
19/01/2021

Giddy-up and get ready for the races #OTD in 1937 on board MONGOLIA and “held under Marine Rules as sanctioned by Father Neptune”!

#OTD 140 years ago Sir Thomas Sutherland became our Chairman in 1881. As our longest serving chairman, 'Vanity Fair' car...
18/01/2021

#OTD 140 years ago Sir Thomas Sutherland became our Chairman in 1881. As our longest serving chairman, 'Vanity Fair' caricatured him as 'P&O' personified. But did you know he was also a founding father of #HSBC…? Find out more http://www.poheritage.com/our-history/timeline/1880s

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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.