Friday, May 10, 2013

CANBERRA in Durban March 1979

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 In 1979 the P&O flagship CANBERRA was the second largest passenger liner and cruise ship in active service after the Cunarder QUEEN ELIZABETH 2. The 89-day world cruise operated by CANBERRA 6th January to 6th April 1979 included a call in Durban on 14th and 15th March were Trevor Jones registered the images presented in this post. CANBERRA departed Southampton for Port Everglades, Bonaire, Panama Canal, Acapulco, San Francisco, Honolulu, Lahaina, Suva, Auckland, Sydney, Rabaoul, Hong Long, Singapore, Mauritius, Durban, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Tenerife, Funchal and back to Southampton. CANBERRA's fleet mate was the magnificent ORIANA of 1960 which operated from Sydney on cruises catered to the Australian market from 20 December 1978 to 4th April 1979 and then made a liner voyage to Southampton via Panama operating out of Southampton from 15th May 1979 until November. P&O also operated the UGANDA on British India educational cruises and SUN, ISLAND and PACIFIC Princesses under the Princess Cruises livery in US waters...

CANBERRA looks magnificent in Trevor images with her funnels freshly repainted buff alongside the Durban passenger terminal... CANBERRA was exactly in the middle of her 36-year long life and it would be only in 1997 that she was taken out of service and broken up in Pakistan.
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