Please Note: The house flag and word mark 'P&O' are Trade Marks of the DP World Company https://www.dpworld.com/
My personal tribute, covering the 'heyday years'
Welcome on board!
Yours aye, Nick Messinger
But first, a request for information:-
I have on loan an album of photographs taken on board the Strathnaver, and Stratheden, Captain R Harrison DSO,RD, RNR, in July 1939, by a Mr F C Thornley of Wallasey and am seeking information on this gentleman - possibly the author of 'Past and Present Steamers of North Wales'?
I've made a start, click on the link below......
New addition to the website - a work in progress :-
I have substantially increased website capacity and am seeking to encourage former Pre-1972 P&O seagoing staff to send me their own personal reminiscences for
inclusion in a new section......
Photographs, memories, etc - accreditations will be given and requested anonymity maintained if required!
The founding of the P & O Steam Navigation Company, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1840, traditionally dates from the awarding of the contract by the Admiralty for the carriage of mail between England and the Iberian Peninsula. Mail contracts guaranteed regular earnings and provided P&O with a steady income for decades.
In 1842, the Company made its first voyage to India, followed by regular, scheduled voyages, that continued until 1970, when my last P&O ship, the SS Chusan, made the last scheduled call at Bombay - today's Mumbai.
See the ships, the people and more....
From paddle steamers to screw propellers....
From the hustle and bustle of an exotic anchorage......
To the timeless, breathtaking beauty of the iconic Canberra......
To navigate this site, please click on any of the links below.
This site is constantly changing as I add more photos and info!
Please let me know if there is anything in particular that you would like to see....
No promises....but I will do my best!
The P&O's Remarkably Brave Victoria Cross Holder
Life On board Passenger Ships
Life On board Cargo Ships
For many years P&O's home port on the London River
My Cargo Ships
My Passenger Ships
The 'Heyday' Fleet ~ P&O-Orient Line
On 2nd May 1960, P&O and Orient Line were formally merged to form P&O-Orient Lines.
A new web page, devoted to
is now a work-in-progress.....
Please use the link above to see how it's coming along...
Meanwhile, photos and memories will be much appreciated!
We are now archived for posterity.....
Please Note: The word mark 'P&O' and the house flag are Trade Marks of the DP World Company
P&O Heritage, a DP World company, have a superb selection of P&O prints for you to purchase at:
P&O Heritage exists to preserve and celebrate the Company's maritime history and collections.
ss Oronsay ~ children's bridge visit 1968 - me and the children's hostess - always a great favourite
Before you step ashore again, please be sure to sign the guestbook!
Yours aye, Nick Messinger, Commander, RD*, RNR
Fellow of The Nautical Institute - Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights
Galbraith Wrightson Senior Research Fellow, Plymouth University
Lecturer in Maritime Trade, School of Maritime Operations
Editor ~ Tall Ship International - The Magazine of Ocean Adventures and,
IFOS - Portsmouth's International Festival of The Sea
Blue to the mast; red to the fly; yellow to the deck and white on high!