Canberra

Canberra, 49070 GRT, loa 249m, 960 passengers Canberra was built in 1961 by Harland an Wolff in Belfast for P&O lines. She was put on the Australian run. When passenger loads diminished in liner service, she was laid up in and there were rumours she might go for scrap only 13 years old! However, she was switched to cruise service and became an immensely popular cruise ship mainly catering for British passengers. In 1982 she performed heroically in the Falklands war together with the Queen Elizabeth2. In 1997 she was replaced by the new Oriana and sold for scrapping in India. It is said that the breakers lost money on her because scrapping took much longer than expected because of her sturdy construction.

17 photographs, made in 1988 during a ship visit in Amsterdam.