SS Himalaya

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SS Himalaya
United Kingdom
Name: SS Himalaya
Namesake: Himalaya
Owner: Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Operator: 1949-1961 P&O Lines, 1961-1966 P&O-Orient Lines, 1966-1974 P&O Lines
Port of registry: London,  UK
Route: Tilbury-Gibraltar-Marseilles-Naples-Port Said-Aden-Bombay-Colombo-Singapore-Fremantle-Adelaide-Melbourne-Sydney
Ordered: March 1945
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness, UK
Cost: £3,500,000
Yard number: 951
Laid down: 26 February 1946
Launched: 5 October 1948
Completed: August 1949
Maiden voyage: 6 October 1949
Out of service: 30 October 1974
Fate: Scrapped, 1975
General characteristics [2]
Type: Passenger ship
  • As built 27,955 GRT(1963, 27,989 GRT. 1969, 28,047 GRT)
  • 9,659 DWT[1]
  • 708 ft 8 in (216.00 m) o/a
  • 667 ft 0 in (203.30 m) p/p[1]
Beam: 90 ft 8 in (27.64 m)
Draught: 31 ft 2 in (9.50 m)
  • Steam turbines, 42,550 shp (31,730 kW)
  • 2 screws
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: As built, 758 1st class, 401 tourist class (1963, 1416 tourist class)
Crew: 572

SS Himalaya was a British passenger ship of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, launched in 1948, which operated mainly between Britain and Australia. She was withdrawn from service in 1974 and scrapped the next year.

SS Himalaya photographed by Paolo Monti in Naples, 1962

Himalaya was built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers-Armstrongs and launched 5 October 1948, she had an identical hull and machinery to Orient Lines' Orcades (yard no. 950 to Himalaya's 951), though differing in superstructure and internal layout. She began her service on the Tilbury-Bombay-Australia route in 1949 following her departure from the shipbuilding yard in August. During her commission Himalaya underwent a number of improvements the first of which was, although controversial at the time, a funnel cowl to keep the liner's decks clear of debris without interference to the boilers. Following the sale of the Strath Class liners by P&O Himalaya (along with Orcades) was converted to allow the transportation of tourist class passengers only.

The S.S. Himalaya was also where part off the book The City and the Stars was written by Arthur C. Clark on a voyage to Sydney between 1954 and 1955 as mentioned at the end of the book.

Himalaya arrived at Sydney on 30 October 1974 on her final commercial voyage, she was sold to Tong Cheng Steel Manufacturing Co. Ltd, and scrapped in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1975.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "HIMALAYA". Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Himalaya: Technical Statistics". The AJN Transport Britain Collection. 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Himalaya: History". The AJN Transport Britain Collection. 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2012.