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Courtesy of Jeannie Applegate Nemeth

Arcadia in Alaska 1970

  

Arcadia was built by John Brown of Clydebank in 1954. Her sister ship was the Belfast-built Iberia of the same year. They were easily distinguishable due to different funnel tops.

  

Arcadia received full air-conditioning on a refit in Belfast in 1959. Arcadia operated on the UK-Australia passenger service, with increasing numbers of cruises. In 1970 she became a full time one-class cruise ship. In 1976, Arcadia was permanently based out of Sydney. She was scrapped in Taiwan in 1979.

  

 

A great shot courtesy of Steve Hodge

   

This is an unusual shot taken in San Francisco courtesy of Dai Griffin, The Arc parked at the end of the street.

  

And here she is coming into Suva again courtesy of Dai Griffin

  

Hereís some more photos from Dai in Suva

  

This was a bit dark and Iíve tried to lighten it up but Iím sure those who sailed on her will recognize it.

  

Photo & Narration Courtesy of Dave Traynor

Arcadia berthing in Singapore on her final voyage & flying her paying off pennant, Sea Princess was berthed opposite waiting to sail on her maiden cruise, if I remember correctly Arcadia blasted SOS on her siren when she sailed.

 

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Courtesy of Alan MacKenzie 

Arcadia postcard circa. 1960s

  

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Courtesy of Alan MacKenzie

Arcadia postcard circa. 1970s (UK issue)

  

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Courtesy of Alan MacKenzie

Arcadia postcard circa. 1970s (US issue - probably for Alaska cruising)

  

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Courtesy of Alan MacKenzie

Arcadia postcard circa. 1950s. This looks very much like an artist's impression produced before the ship was completed. Length is given as 687 feet, whereas in reality, "Ark" was 721 feet OA.

  

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Courtesy of Alan MacKenzie

Arcadia dinner menu of 6th February 1979

  

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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 Tony Simpson

 

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Courtesy of Willie Henry & TT

Here is the excellent extract of the front page from the Sydney Morning Herald which TT autographed and sent to Willie Henry in 1979. Willie has had it tucked away in his photo album all these years and has finally scanned and titled it appropriately. It was the Arcadia leaving Sydney for the last time and we believe TT was responsible for the smoke and got into hot water for it.
 

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Courtesy of Dai Griffin

 

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

Berthed in Melbourne

  

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

Arriving at Hobart, Tasmania.

  

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

Arcadia at Vancouver's Canada Place 1971.

  

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

  

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Courtesy of Mike Williams

Leaving Vancouver harbour.

 

Courtesy of James O'Sullivan

Boat Deck - port side.

 

Courtesy of James O'Sullivan

Boat Deck - port side taken from lower bridge deck.

 

Courtesy of James O'Sullivan

Boat Deck - port side taken from the wing bridge deck.

 

Courtesy of James O'Sullivan

Deck cricket, passengers versus Engineers/Deck Officers.

  

Courtesy of James O'Sullivan

Deck cricket, passengers versus Engineers/Deck Officers and at the crease is Peter Matthews (3rd Eng Officer), Pete had a powerful drive shot.

  

Courtesy of James O'Sullivan

Time for a wash down and paint job on Arcadia's funnel.

  

Courtesy of James O'Sullivan

This view taken from top of funnel, a calm sea was required before attempting to climb the internal ladder.

 

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Courtesy of Brian Richardson

Brian claims to have been in the boiler room with TT at that time and responsible for the smokin' stack! 

  

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Courtesy of Brian Richardson

Great shot!

  

Courtesy of John Heslop

Click the Adobe icon above to see the dinner menu from 14th May 1974 being Arcadia's 21st Birthday!

  

John has kindly resubmitted some better scans of the above menu;

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Courtesy of John Heslop

 

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Courtesy of Brian Richardson

Brian writes;

This was the last time we saw Arcadia.

  

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Courtesy of Joe Pratt

Arcadia 1970 Alaskan Cruising

   

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Courtesy of Joe Pratt

Arcadia 1970 at Nassau

  

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Courtesy of Martin (Wilf) Pickles

Crew mailing list for Arcadia (Jan-July 1978) and agent's addresses.

        

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