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P&O Liners
(Page 1: 1837-1899)
 
 
This is one of a series of pages devoted to postcards and photographs of P&O liners and cruise ships. This shows ships built before 1900, but only ships which survived into the postcard age are shown. Only ships for which I have images are included - for a more complete list (no images) see: www.theshipslist.com
 
There is a table of more detailed individual ship histories on the P&O Header Page
 
Four pages cover the history of P&O liners, plus three pages on the cruise ships:- Liners Page 1 - Liners Page 2 - Liners Page 3 - Liners Page 4 - Cruises - Page 1 - Cruises - Page 2 - Cruises - Page 3
 
 
Ships on this Page:-
Arabia (2) (1898-1915 - 7930gt)
Arcadia (1) (1888-1916 - 6603gt)
Assaye (1899-1928 - 7376gt)
Australia (2) (1892-1904 - 6901gt)
Ballaarat (1882-1904 - 4752gt)
Borneo (1895-1914 - 4573gt)
Ceylon (1) (1858-1881 - 2021gt)
China (2) (1896-1928 - 7912gt)
Egypt (1897-1922 - 7912gt)
Himalaya (2) (1892-1922 - 6898gt)
India (2) (1896-1915 - 7911gt)
Malta (1895-1922 - 6064gt)
Nubia (1895-1915 - 5914gt)
Oceana (1) (1888-1912 - 6610gt)
Osiris (1898-1922 - 1738gt)
Rome (1881-1904 - 5013gt) - later Vectis (3)
Simla (2) (1895-1916 - 5884gt)
Sobraon (1900-1901 - 7382gt)
Sumatra (2) (1895-1914 - 4607gt)
Sunda (2) (1895-1914 - 4674gt)
Vectis (3) (1904-1912 - 5013gt) - ex-Rome
 
P&O Pages:-
P&O Header Page
P&O Liners - Page 1 - 1837-1899 - this page!
P&O Liners - Page 2 - 1900-1914
P&O Liners - Page 3 - 1915-1939
P&O Liners - Page 4 - 1940-1961
P&O Princess Cruises - Page 1 - 1962-1988
P&O Princess Cruises - Page 2 - 1988-2004
Swan Hellenic P&O Cruises - Page 3
P&O Princess Cruises Photographs
P&O Princess Cruises Cards by Simplon Postcards
 
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P&O Fleet List
 
(Part 1: 1837-1899)



Ceylon (1858-1881 - 2021gt)

Ceylon was built by Samuda Bros, Poplar, London and was a fully rigged steam+sailing vessel used on the Southampton-Malta-Alexandria service. She was re-engined in 1865/66 and later transferred to the Bombay-Melbourne route. In 1876 she was on the Venice-Alexandria ferry service.

Ceylon was sold by P&O to John L.Clarke in 1881 for 9235 for cruising out of Southampton. She was the first vessel to cruise around the world in 1883. She was transferred to Polytechnic Cruises/Touring Association in 1892, owned by the Ocean Steam Yachting Company. She continued sailing until broken up in 1907.



Steam Yacht Ceylon in Polytechnic Cruises ownership in Norway
Passengers boarding on a delightful steam pinnace
Card posted from Hammerfest but date illegible
Image links to a larger copy
S.Y. CEYLON - ex-P&O - Polytechnic Cruises - Simplon Postcards







Rome (1881-1904 - 5012gt)
Vectis (3) (1904-1912)
 
Rome was renamed Vectis (3) in 1904 for use as a "cruising yacht". She was sold to the French Government in 1912.


P&O official postcard as the "cruising yacht" Vectis (3).
VECTIS - P&O 1881 - Simplon Postcards - simplonpc.co.ukVECTIS - P&O 1881 - Simplon Postcards - simplonpc.co.uk



Tuck's Oilette postcard of Vectis (3)
VECTIS - P&O 1881 - Simplon Postcards - simplonpc.co.uk



Postcard as the "cruising yacht" Vectis (3)
Image links to a larger copy

VECTIS - P&O 1881 - Simplon Postcards - simplonpc.co.uk







Ballaarat
(1882-1904 - 11,120gt)
 
Ballaarat ran on the Australia service and was sold for scrap in 1904.


P&O official postcard
P&O Ballaarat 1882







Oceana (1)
(1888-1912 - 6610gt)


Oceana was built in 1888 by Harland and Wolff of Belfast. Originally assigned to the transfer of passenger and mail traffic from the United Kingdom to Australia, she was later assigned to the UK to India routes. On 16 March 1912 the ship collided in the Strait of Dover with the Pisagua, a 2850-ton German-registered 4 masted steel barque. She subsequently sank off Beachy Head on the East Sussex coast, with the loss of 9 lives.


P&O official postcard of Oceana
The same painting was used for numerous 2-funnelled ships of different classes
On earlier copies you even had to write the ship's name on the card
Image links to a larger copy

OCEANA - P&O 1888 - Simplon Postcards - simplonpc.co.uk



P&O official postcard of Oceana
Later version of card above with ship's name printed





W.H.Smith photographic  postcard of Oceana
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OCEANA - P&O 1888 - Simplon Postcards - simplonpc.co.uk







Arcadia (1)
(1888-1916 - 6603gt)


Official used P&O card of the first Arcadia
The same painting was used for numerous 2-funnelled ships of different classes





Official unused P&O card of the first Arcadia
Image links to a larger copy

ACRADIA (1) 1888 - P&O - Simplon Postcards - simplonpc.co.uk







Australia (2)
(1892-1904 - 6901gt)

Australia (2) was stranded at the entrance to Port Philip Bay in 1904. She caught fire, and was a total loss.


P&O official postcards of Australia (2)
P&O AUSTRALIA (2)P&O AUSTRALIA (2)







Himalaya (2)
(1892-1922 - 6898gt)

Himalaya (2) was requisitioned in 1916, and converted into a seaplane carrier. She was returned to P & O in 1919, and used as troopship until scrapped in 1922.


P&O official postcard of Himalaya (2)
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P&O official postcard of Himalaya (2).




French postcard of Himalaya (2) in stormy weather..
French postcard of Himalaya (2) in stormy weather..



Postcard of Himalaya (2) as a troopship
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Borneo
(1895-1914 - 4573gt)
 
Borneo was sold to Japan in 1914, and renamed the Harima Maru.
 
 
P&O official postcard of Borneo.
Borneo (1895) P&O







Malta
(1895-1922 - 6064gt)
 
Malta was scrapped in Italy in 1922.
 
 
P&O official postcard of Malta.
P&O MALTA (1895-1922)







Nubia
(1895-1915 - 5914gt)
 
Nubia was lost outside Colombo in 1915, whilst waiting for the pilot.
 
 
P&O official postcard of Nubia.
P&O NUBIA (1895-1915)







Simla (2)
(1895-1916 - 5884gt)
 
Simla was torpedoed and sunk whilst of Malta in 1916.
 
 
P&O official postcard of Simla.







Sunda (2)
(1895-1914 - 4674gt)
 
Sunda was sold to Japan in 1914, and renamed Hokokuo Maru.
 
 
P&O official postcard of Sunda.
P&O SUNDA (1895-1914)







Sumatra (2)
(1895-1914 - 4607gt)
 
Sumatra was sold to the Arab SS Co in 1914. Wrecked in 1923.
 
 
P&O official postcard of Sumatra.
P&O SUMATRA (1895-1923)







China (2)
(1896-1928 - 7912gt)
 
China was broken up in Japan in 1928.
 
 
P&O official postcard of China.
P&O CHINA (1896-1928)







India (2)
(1896-1915 - 7911gt)
 
India was torpedoed and sunk off Norway while serving as Armed Merchant Cruiser in 1915.
 
 
P&O official postcard of India.
P&O INDIA (2) 1896-1915P&O INDIA (2) 1896-1915P&O INDIA (2) 1896-1915



P&O official New Year's postcard of India, for 01/01/1904.
P&O INDIA (2) 1896-1915







Egypt
(1897-1922 - 7912gt)
 
Egypt sank in 1922 after a collision off Ushant with the French ship Seine.


P&O official postcard of Egypt.
P&O EgyptP&O EGYPT



Tuck's Oilette postcard of Egypt.
P&O EGYPT 1897



Postcard of Egypt at Port said.
P&O EGYPT 1897







Arabia (2)
(1898-1916 - 7930gt)
 
Arabia was torpedoed and sunk SW of Cape Matapan in 1916.
 
 
P&O official postcard of Arabia.
P&O ARABIA 1898



Tuck's Oilette postcard of Arabia.
P&O ARABIA 1898







Iris(1898-1920 - 1728gt)
Osiris(1898-1922 - 1738gt)

Sisters Iris and Osiris were built in 1898 by Caird & Co, Greenock, and were designed for the express service from Brindisi to Egypt. They had a speed of 19 knots which was fast by P&O standards at the time. Isis was sold in 1920 to Bland Line of Gibraltar and renamed Gibel Sarsar for services to Morocco. Broken up in Italy in 1926. Osiris was broken up in 1922


Official P&O card of Osiris
P&O OSIRIS 1898







Assaye(1899-1928 - 7376gt)
Sobraon(1900-1901 - 7382gt)

Assaye was built in 1899 by Caird & Co, Greenock, and was designed for use as a troopship as required. She worked as a Hospital ship in WW1 and was scrapped at Stavanger in 1928.

Assaye's sister Sobraon was less successful, being wrecked on her third voyage back from Shanghai to London on April 1901. A third sister Plassy is covered on P&O Liners Page 2



Official postcards of HMT Assaye
Images linksto a larger copies

P&O ASSAYE (1899)P&O ASSAYE (1899)




Photographic postcards of HMT Assaye
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P&O ASSAYE (1899)P&O ASSAYE (1899)




G.A.Pratt (Southampton) postcard of HMT Assaye
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P&O ASSAYE (1899)



French Grimaud postcard of Assaye in P&O service
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P&O ASSAYE (1899)









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