P and O Liners of the Past

Whilst at MacDonald Hamilton and Co. I was given some old glass negatives, badly spotted, which were being thrown out and which had obviously been taken for, and by, P and O.

With modern treatment in Photoshop software the spots and lines have been removed.

The negatives are copies of original negatives, and the prints are shown below.

(Michael Ian Byard Collection)

P and O Medina 1911

S.S." Medina" as the Royal Yacht, leaving Portsmouth in 1911 en-route for the Durbah in Delhi, and carrying HM King George V and Queen Mary. [In 2001 I purchased a small salt cellar which bears her name, that I found in an antique shop].

(from glass negative, Michael Ian Byard Collection)

First P and O Ship, William Fawcett

The "William Fawcett", 206 tons, chartered by Wilcox and Anderson to start their service to Spain and Portugal as the Peninsular Steam service, regarded as P and O's first ship.

(from glass negative, Michael Ian Byard Collection)

Hindustan leaving Southampton 1842

The "Hindustan", of 2,018 tons leaving Southampton on her maiden voyage, 24th September 1842, to Calcutta where she set up a regular service from there to Aden and Suez to link up with passengers travelling from Southampton to Alexandria, who then travelled overland to Suez.

(from glass negative, Michael Ian Byard Collection)

P and O Ripon with General Garribaldi on board


The arrival of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company's "Ripon" at Southampton Docks with General Garribaldi and his entourage on his visit to England circa April 1884(?)

(from glass negative, Michael Ian Byard Collection)

Himalaya circa 1900

"Himalaya"? circa 1900
(from glass negative, Michael Ian Byard Collection)
Mantua Cruise Brochure 1912

Mantua Dining Saloon 1912
These illustrations are from a 1912 pleasure cruises leaflet for the "Mantua". One of the 'selling' points was that the ship had an "electric laundry of the latest type capable of dealing en voyage with passengers needs!

Michael Ian Byard Collection

P and O Passengers Information Book 1888


The P and O passengers Pocket Book dated 1888 - 89, of over 300 pages, giving a comprehensive coverage of the company's agents, routes, port information, individual maps and general information.

Frontpiece of P and O Passenger Information Book

The P and O passengers Pocket Book.
Frontispiece (left) the flagship "Victoria
and Title page (right)

Michael Ian Byard Collection

P and O S.S. China at Port Said 1920s
P and O's "China" at Port Said, circa 1920s
Michael Ian Byard Collection

S.S. China Circa 1927
P and O's "China" circa 1927
Michael Ian Byard Collection

Moldavia Menu 1934
P and O s.s. "Moldavia Menu Cover "
2nd August 1934
Michael Ian Byard Collection

Moldavia Menu-inside
P and O s.s. "Moldavia Dinner Menu "
2nd August 1934
Michael Ian Byard Collection
Viceroy of India Postcard
P and O Viceroy of India postcard that has
recently come into my possession.
Michael Ian Byard Collection

P and O Mantua Postcard recently received (2015)

P and O Rajputana, ( postcard at left) Second Class Saloon breakfast menu dated November 11th, 1932. Notice the somewhat frugal choice available when travelling Second (Tourist) Class

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