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Courtesy of Chris Tyrer

The above photo has been used with permission of the owner, Chris Tyrer. Visit Chris' site for a complete  set of photos of Orcades both in and out including deck plans.

 

Iberia was built by Harland & Wolff of Belfast in 1954. Her sister ship was the Clyde-built Arcadia of the same year. They were easily distinguishable due to different funnel tops. Iberia received serious damage in a collision with a freighter off Colombo in 1956. Bryan Miles (ex Iberian Engineer) has kindly added the following information about this incident; "Iberia had a clout off the coast of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) on the 27-03-1956 with the tanker Stanvac Pretoria at 01.30 hrs in heavy seas 170 miles off Colombo. Her boat and prom decks were damaged. We went back to Colombo for temporary repairs and then later the proper repair job was done in Sydney." She received full air-conditioning on a refit in Southampton in 1960. Iberia operated on the UK-Australia passenger service, with increasing numbers of cruises. Iberia was not a reliable ship, and was the first post-war P&O liner withdrawn in 1972, when she was broken up in Taiwan.

 

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This is the Turbo Genny Flat on Iberia, taken during a dry-dock period in Southampton.

 

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Local postcard showing Iberia in Port Vila. Very rare.

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The front cover of a Iberian Brochure.

 

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The above bits have been snipped from a clipping from the Southampton Docks newspaper, click on the ship to read the complete article. 

  

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Iberia Pax Listing 16th December 1959 - UK to Australia

  

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Iberia docked at Vancouver's Canada Place circa 1968.

  

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