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ss Himalaya

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

Built by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow in Furness, launched on the 5th October 1948 and sailed on her maiden voyage on 6th October 1949. She remained in service until 19th October 1974 when she left Sydney for the breakers yards in Taiwan.

    

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Courtesy of Martin Reed

  

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Photographed in Puerto Rico, April 1973.

 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

This is a brilliant shot of the Himalaya that must have been taken from a Plane or Helicopter. Click on it to enlarge it and you'll be amazed to see all the passengers in suits and jacket and ties. 

 

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

 

Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

 

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

 

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

   

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

 

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

 

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

 

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

 

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Courtesy of Glyn Dodson

 

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Courtesy of Alan Mackenzie

Himalaya - photograph taken in Sydney Harbour, probably 1950s. 

 

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Courtesy of Alan Mackenzie

Himalaya postcard probably late 50s or early 60s.

 

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Courtesy of Kevin O’Connor

Kevin points out that where the tram sheds are in the background on the right is where the Sydney Opera House now stands.

 

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Courtesy of Graham Stephens

 

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

Hobart, Tasmania.

 

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

Hobart again.

  

Courtesy of Mike Williams

Pago Pago.

  

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Ditto.

 

Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

People gathering for the departure of Himalaya from Fremantle circa 1969.

 

Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Roger adds;

To the cries of "Bugger off Poms" and "Leave our bloody women alone" Himalaya nervously edges away from the quayside ... Freo departure circa 1969.

 

Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Roger recalls;

Chased at speed by a flock of angry Flighthawks intent on pebble-dashing our fresh paintwork, Himalaya races up the English Channel towards the sanctuary of Tilbury on a bitterly cold December morning circa 1970.
 

Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

The infamous Tilbury Landing stage where passengers disembarked.

 

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Tilbury docks into which the ship would be nudged by tugs in the early afternoon after disembarkation.

 

Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

"Spray it again Sam" - Himalaya enjoying a shower in the Tasman Sea.

  

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Pyrmont or bust! ... Himalaya in December 1967.

    

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Courtesy of David Merchant

  

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Courtesy of David Merchant

David advises the year was 1969.


I joined Nevasa in Tilbury in 1974 but I guess Nevasa was not classed as a "P&O liner".

   

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Himalaya passengers disembarking, David is pretty sure this was Adelaide 1969 or 1970ish.

    

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Roger writes;

Remember the souvenir certificate given to passengers after the crossing of the line ceremony? The signature on this copy is that of Captain Mike Prowse; it was given to me by Hostess Hazel Smith.

  

Kevin O'Connor has sent this link to an article about Himalaya that's well worth reading.

  

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