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This was the shot on the front page of Travel Brochure in 1975.

 

The next 2 photos are scans of Canberra's Shipboard Entertainments programme but I'm not sure of the date. 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Ah ha! I've just checked the release dates of all those films listed and they were all made in 1976 so I guess that's the date or shortly after. The above photo is made up of 2 halves, click on each page to view.

 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Telephone Directory - May 1975

 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Roger recalls;

No, not an unfortunate blackout, but a real treat scheduled by P & O for Canberra when she was based in New York, 1973, a chance to meet the likes of Neil Armstrong and Scott Carpenter and to see first-hand, samples of moon rock... and as for the eclipse itself, any girl receiving a solitaire diamond ring with the truly breath-taking ice-blue intensity of the sun as the eclipse approached totality would have been in love forever (with the ring !). Read on...

 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

 

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Roger recalls;

The moon has already started to creep across the sun, casting an eerie light with long shadows. Some of the exotic cameras and telescopes can be seen peppered around the decks but unfortunately I was unable to get a photo of the magnificent and absolutely enormous piss-taking "telescope" built by the engineers and hoisted up onto the engineroom casing by a dedicated bunch of humorists. Somebody, somewhere must have taken a photo of it before he order was given to remove it.

 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

The staff biographies booklet from the cruise runs to 18 pages of info about the celebrities listed on the brochure. Above is the front cover of the booklet.

 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

It contains a very nice tribute to Captain Eric Snowden - a real gentleman and excellent old-man to serve under. 

 

Mike Snowden (Eric's son) adds the following;

Dad retired from the sea due to ill-health (little things like being called back off sick leave to chair the grounding enquiries didn't help), then he spent a short time working at P&O's office in London. He then became secretary of "North Foreland Golf Club" in about 1975, a cliff top course, living in a house overlooking the sea and the local lighthouse, and finally passed away there in 1977. I believe he was taken off ship for medical reasons on one occasion but survived a good number of years after that.

 

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Courtesy of Alan Mackenzie

Canberra Christmas Card produced 1978.

 

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Courtesy of Scott Becker

 

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Courtesy of Scott Becker

 

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Courtesy of Alan Mackenzie

Canberra Christmas Dinner menu, 1976. (Alan's first cruise as a Trainee R/O).

 

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Courtesy of Alan Mackenzie

Interior of above.

 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

  

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

Her maiden voyage from the print on the Canberra. Andrew Rowlands wonders if anyone knows where this print ended up?

 

Iain (Jim) Reeves adds;

It's actually the return from the Falklands. A large copy of this photo was on display in one of the foyers (outside the Island Room?). You could buy copies on board and I've got mine displayed in my living room. 
   

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

A painting on the Canberra.

 

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Courtesy of Brian Hudson

Brian writes;

This was taken late 1965 in Hong Kong. I took this, because I was amazed at the working conditions and the precarious staging/scaffolding they had to work on. The area of the ship was just below the Promenade Deck, starboard side forward.

  

Below is the complete 'welcome on board' brochure handed out to all passengers on embarkation. Click on each page to view. 

 

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Courtesy of Brian Hudson

Brian adds;

This may be of some interest, as it gives the price of various items in "old sterling" and dollar conversion, also as the Canberra was a two class ship in those days.

 

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Courtesy of Brian Hudson

Brian writes;

This is the Canberra Landfall Dinner Menu (Tourist Class), 10th May 1967, Vancouver to Southampton April To May 1967.

 

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The log of that trip.

 

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Canberra Postcard

 

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Courtesy of Brian Hudson

Click on each page to read, I love the rules on the back page ... very funny!

 

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Courtesy of Brian Hudson

Brian writes;

This is the 1968 USA Independence Day Menu-Tourist Class. The Wine prices are in Sterling, and Australian Dollars, and USA Dollars, quite a difference to today's prices!!

 

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Courtesy of Alan Williams

 

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Courtesy of Alex Learmont

Breakfast menu from September 1968. 

  

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

Farwell Season Dinner Menu 10th July 1997.

   

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Farwell Season Dinner Menu 17th July 1997.

  

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Farwell Season Luncheon Menu 17th July 1997.

   

Courtesy of Dave Harbinson

Harbo writes;

I found this invitation on Canberra, when we had to pull a cabin apart. It was down the back of a desk. A somewhat beer stained invite, or could have been Pimms in those days, to the Purser's (L S Warren) cabin in 1962.

    

The demise of Canberra by Freddie Lloyd

Kindly sent in, with Freddie's permission, by Dave Harbinson.

  

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