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26/06/17

  • Ivan Witt added along with some very interesting Orcades information and an Island Princess group.


14/06/17


  • I'm deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Marty Elliot. I can't say too much more at the moment.

29/04/17

12/04/17

  • The Sea Princess Senior Officers’ Biographies of 1979 was released when CP arrived in Australia for the first time and has been kindly sent in by Captain Ivan Witt, RANR, Head of Panel – Royal Australian Navy Legal Reserve (VIC & TAS).

08/04/17


  • The very sad news of the passing away of Maurice Marriott has just been received from Harbo, Goldie and David Dickinson.


  • The very sad news of the passing away of Steve (Noddy) Norris has just been received from Keith Radford.

06/04/17

05/04/17

  • The first part of Robert L Gordon's collection has been added starting with some photos and a video of the man and 21 great photos of ships.

  • A video of the Achille Lauro has been added thanks to Rob Gordon.

01/04/17


  • News of another fine Seadog passing away has been reported in the Forum by John Cannon Gray. George Glessinger passed away recently after a long illness.

28/03/17

  • The Oriana in Brisbane movie Part 2 from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.

  • The TV ad "Take Me Away P&O" movie from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.

26/03/17

  • The Oriana in Brisbane movie from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.

  • The QE2 movie from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.

25/03/17


  • The very sad news of the passing away at sea of Darren Ford. Darren has been added to the A-Z listings and the Dogs Departed section. 

  • The Arcadia Farewells Sydney movie from Robert L Gordon's collection has been added.  

24/03/17

  • The Life of Oriana 1960-1986 VHS movie has been converted to DVD and then to Adobe Flash for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did and thanks and deepest gratitude go to the late Robert L Gordon and his family for passing on Robert's P&O memorabilia. There's lots more to come.

17/03/17

  • 26 more photos added to Neil McGrath's Memories.

14/03/17

  • 23 photos added to Neil McGrath's Memories.

12/03/17

  • 3 photos of the 180 Years of P&O Crew Exhibition added thanks to Derek Scott.

  • 2 photos added to Derek Scott's section.

07/03/17


  • The sad news of another fine Seadog has been received from Harbo. Commodore John Chester passed away on the 3rd November 2016 at the age of 88.

06/03/17

  • Oriana sea trials movie added.

19/02/17

  • 1 new photo of Neil Whitmore (aka Bob) taken shortly after his 82nd birthday added.

15/02/17

07/02/17

  • 1 new Oriana group photo added thanks to Dave Betts.

15/01/17

  • 4 photos added to Himalaya Groups thanks to Robert Hill.  

  • A photo has been added of the late Wally Light thanks to Geoffrey Witts. 

02/01/17

  • 6 photos added to Robert Hill's memories.

  • A Himalay/Oriana reunion added thanks to Robert Hill.  

  • The following names; John McMullen, Dick Rees, Ian Strutt, Derek Rice, Anne Dodge, Roger Dunn, Richard Hold and Peter Bonny, all from Robert Hill's memories have now been added to the listings. John McMullen's photos from other pages on the site have all been linked together as has Robert Hill's and Mike Gold's. The only problem I found was with a person who I think maybe the same but are named Mike Laurie and Mike Lawrie. 

22/11/16

17/11/16

  • More stories and 4 photos of old ships added by Stephen Carey.

  • An amusing article about weather conditions at sea written by Graham Stephens added.   

12/11/16

05/11/16

  • 60 excellent photos of Oriana sent in by Stephen Carey (BI Cadet - Chief Engineer) taken while permanently berthed in Dalian, China before the dreadful storm that led to her demise. There's 20 top side shots and 40 engine room shots. David Jewkes kindly agreed to add detailed descriptions of the engine room shots and also supplied another 35 photos of the engine room looking at it's best while in service.  

01/11/16


  • The sad news of another fine Seadog passing away has been received, R.I.P. Joe Grubb.

24/10/16


  • The sad news of another fine Seadog passing away has been received, R.I.P. Alan Williams (Taff the Bombay Welshman).

22/10/16

  • Geoff Sheppard added.

  • Geoff Sheppard's Memories added. 55 great photos of his days on Uganda as an School Office Assistant.

24/09/16


  • The sad news of another fine Seadog passing away has been received, R.I.P. David Smith, ex Commodore Chief Engineer Officer.

06/08/16


  • The sad news of another fine Seadog passing has been received, R.I.P. Roger Keeler.

06/07/16

  • More information about the passing of Brian Love has been added thanks to Derek Warmingtn through Mike Gold.

02/07/16


  • Sadly another fine seadog has passed away, Brian Love who was an engineer on Himalaya, Arcadia and Oriana (there maybe more but they're the only ones I know of).

27/06/16

  • Kevin Bohan named in Chris Hindley's photo thanks to Richard Bayley through Chris Jordan.

  • The official blackout procedure for the Pacific Princess has been added thanks to Alan Williams.

23/06/16

  • 2 reunions from 2015 added thanks to Dave Traynor. One in Essex and the other in the Isle of Wight.

  • Tony Gilham (not previously named on this site) has been added to the Seadogs Departed section.

03/06/16

27/05/16

  • A new reunion photo added to Celia Cowan's (now Chester) listing.

26/05/16

  • 7 photos of Aurora added thanks to Alan Mackenzie.

25/05/16

23/05/16

  • A new Oriana Reunion added thanks to Greg Sinclair.

12/05/16


  • The sad news of another fine Seadog passing has been received, R.I.P. Chris Upjohn.

11/05/16

  • 5 sad photos showing the demise of Victoria thanks to Alan Mackenzie.

10/05/16

04/05/16

29/04/16

  • John Palliser added.

  •  A new Chusan reunion added thanks to Mike Maskell.

26/04/16

16/04/16

13/04/16

  • 2 photos of the Oronsay Bunny Girls and 2 photos of two Steiner's Girls added thanks to Keith Radford.

09/04/16

  • Rob Talboys added and also 25 photos of his time on Patonga.

07/04/16

06/04/16

  • David Dickinson has added some comments about the current job description for a Cadet Purser.

31/03/16

29/03/16

16/03/16

  • A poem about the demise of the Orient Line added thanks to David Dickinson.

29/02/16

  • Sad news about the sinking of the Ocean Dream (ex Spirit of London) sent in by Paul Foot.

02/02/16

  • Finally a few photos of the Brighton Reunion have emerged thanks to Charles Oxley.

06/01/16

  • 2 photos at the end and a couple of names added to the Sea Princess section thanks to Alan Mackenzie.

06/01/16

  • 4 photos added to Archie Stewart's listing.

  • A new 15 minute movie of Oriana sent in by Rob Talboys added.

20/12/15


  • Sadly news of the passing of my old Chief Engineer Toni Mazonowicz has been posted by David Jewkes in the Forum. Our thoughts are with all Toni's family and friends. He was 91.

27/11/15

  • A new album in the self-uploading photos has been added with Morris Bagnall's Memories, 27 photos of his time on the Sun Princess.

26/11/15

  • A new Memorabilia item added thanks to David Olivant. It's a framed print copy of a great oil painting of Strathededen.

21/11/15

  • 19 photos of Sun Princess groups have been self upoaded to the Photos section thanks to Morris Bagnall. See  27/11/15  above.

29/10/15

  • 3 more names have been added to the Arcadia pre Captain's Cocktail Party group thanks to Mike Gold.

26/10/15

  • 12 names have been added to the Arcadia pre Captain's Cocktail Party group thanks to Ian Brunton, Greg Sinclair and Robert Hill.

25/10/15

  • A great photo of a large group on Arcadia pre Captain's Cocktail Party in 1972 added thanks to Terry Salter.

24/10/15

  • 35 photos of added to passenger John Barker's adventures on Arcadia in 1972 and two line voyages on Oriana in 1973 and 1975.

  • Barry Chilton's email address updated.

23/10/15


  • Sadly the news of another fine Seadog passing away has come to light. Ian "Geordie" Jennings sadly passed away last Saturday 17th October 2015. There's more information in the Departed secion here.

  • Terry Salter added.
  • Passenger John Barker tells of his adventures on Arcadia in 1972 and two line voyages on Oriana in 1973 and 1975.

17/10/15

  • 4 photos of various ships added to Ian Brunton's profile.

09/10/15

  • 2 photos of  Orsova taken in 1971 added thanks to Rob Talboys (ex Oriana and Patonga).
  • The list of reel to reel (current) movies that were shown on the Nevasa Scrap Run in early 1975 with comments and scores has been added.

08/10/15

  • 7 photos of the Oriana rescue attempt in Dalian. I found these photos on an old backup disc. I have no idea why I never got around to adding them but better late than never eh!

07/10/15

06/10/15

  • Tony Cooper (aka No Chance) named himself, Mark Cunningham and possibly Supersonic in Dave Jewkes' photo.

  • 20 photos of Eveline Maas' time on Oriana have been added to Eveline's Memories thanks to Greg.

05/10/15

01/10/15

24/09/15

  • 2 new photos of the QE2 has been sent in by Robert Hill.

  • A new Reunion added thanks to David Dickinson.

08/09/15

  • A new photo of Oriana has been sent in by Don Cole.

03/09/15


  • Sadly the bad news continues. Robert Bentley advises that Brian Redman passed away earlier in the year. We have no further details at this stage. I cut this photo from the only really clear shot of Brian from this Sun Princess Group.

20/08/15

  • As a result of the new "Random Page of the Day" initiative one of the pages featured has now been updated. Alan Mackenzie saw his page and sent in news about the fleet and four photos of his latest creation.

19/05/15


  • Sadly the bad news continues. Mike Maskell and Keith Radford both avised me yesterday of the passing of Rod Sharpe. There's more information in the Departed secion here.

11/04/15


  • Sadly the news of another fine Seadog passing away has come to light. I was advised today by Peter Bennet's wife Lynda that Peter sadly passed away in 2014. There's more information in the Departed secion here.

01/03/15

  • 19 photos added to Nigel Whittaker's Memories.

  • 25 photos of Oriana in drydock in 1980 added.

24/02/15

10/02/15

  • Sadly, news of the passing of Tom Allard and Mike Beak, has been posted in the Forum.

17/01/15

  • Sadly, news of the passing of John Eden, section waiter, PRS and bartender originally on the Big O then later with Princess, has been posted in the Forum.

15/01/15

24/11/14

  • 10 more photos added to part 2 of the Oriana/Oronsay reunion in Sydney thanks to Keith Radford as John Thow's visit to Australia and New Zealand continues.

17/11/14

  • A great reunion added, two best mates from 40 years ago finally meet again. Alister McIntosh and John Thow meet up in Sydney.

06/11/14

  • More information about John Middleton and John Memories added with 6 photos of his time on Oronsay, R.M.S. Pretoria and Oriana from 1958-61.

03/11/14

29/10/14


  • Sadly, the news of the passing of Ken Hobbs has been posted on the Forum by Colin Wright.

  • Seadog royalty has been added to the listings, John Middleton served on Oriana's sea trials and maiden voyage in 1960.

28/10/14

  • Himalaya itinerarary dates 1958-59 added thanks to Roger Lancaster.

  • Kevin O'Connor sent in a link to an interesting article about Himalaya.

26/10/14

  • A photo of two Orient Line Assistant Pursers holding the Orient Line House flag which used to grace the Company’s Office in Melbourne added thanks to David Dickinson.

  • Tim Hurst who's the other purser in the photo above has been added to the listings.
  • ss Sea Princess and mv Sea Princess itineraries added thanks to David Saunders.

13/10/14

  • Himalaya itinerarary dates 1971-72 added thanks to Neil Machin and 1973-74 (including the scrap run) thanks to Laurie Lesley.

14/10/14

  • Oronsay itinerary dates 1971 and filled some gaps in 1972 thanks to Neil Machin.

  • Orsova itinerarary dates 1970-72 added thanks to Neil Machin.

13/10/14

  • Arcadia itinerarary dates 1970-73 added thanks to Neil Machin.

12/10/14

  • Oriana itinerarary dates 1973, 1976-77 and 1980-84 added thanks to David Saunders.

11/10/14

  • Canberra itinerary dates 1974-75 and 1979-80 added thanks to David Saunders.

  • Arcadia itinerarary dates 1975-78 added thanks to David Saunders.

09/10/14

  • Oronsay itinerary dates 1971-72 added thanks to Keith Radford.

  • Himalaya itinerary dates 1970-74 added thanks to David Saunders.

  • Uganda itinerary dates 1973 and 1978-79 added thanks to David Saunders.

07/10/14
  • Chusan itinerary dates 1969-73 added thanks to David Saunders. PS, I've added these before Keith's and the rest of Neil's because they were already in a spreadsheet and I wanted to see how easy they were to transpose into the web format and they are considerably easier so thanks for that David. I have many more ships and dates to add from all three of these gentlemen so bear with me.

06/10/14

  • Some more Oriana itinerary dates 1970-72 added thanks to Neil Machin and there's more ships to follow from Neil and Keith Radford.

30/09/14

  • Some Oriana and Arcadia itineraries of 1975-76 added thanks to Celia Cowan (now Chester).

25/07/14

  • 35 photos added to Celia Cowan's (now Chester) memories.

14/06/14

  • Martin Mullen's email address has been updated.

02/06/14

  • Mike Gold's email address has been updated.

27/05/14

  • Barry Dover (aka Ben) added with an updated email address should you wish to say G'Day!

08/03/14

  • Exactly 6 years ago today we were about to head off to the Royal Hotel in East Perth for part two of the great Oriana reunion here in Perth. To commemorate this event I've posted Kevin Timm's brilliant movie of those amazing eight days from the 4th-11th March 2008.

24/01/14

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  • The late Marty O'Conlon added to the listings and departed sections as requested.

22/01/14

  • I'm very pleased to say that I've finally managed to repair the currupt video file of the great boat trip that Macca has photos of in his collection below and he suggests it was in Antigua. Some how the file had become corrupt and stopped playing after just 1 min of the total 3:11 mins.

21/01/14

  • 69 great photos of Alister McIntosh's (aka Super Mac) memories of Oriana added.

12/12/13

  • Gary Edbrooke added after naming himself in Clive Thompson's photos.

05/12/13

  • 2 very sad photos of Pacific Princess being scrapped added thanks to Paul Carney.

04/12/13

29/11/13

  • 12 photos of Clive Thompson's story added.

22/11/13

18/11/13

  • 3 more photos added to Dr Euan Scrimgeour's profile with a nice one of Himalaya leaving Tilbury in 1965.

31/10/13

  • Neil Machin added.

  • a very interesting brochure issued to officers concerning Indian, Pakistani and Chinese ratings added thanks to Neil Machin.

21/10/13

  • Dr Euan Scrimgeour added with some great pictures of Orsova in 1965.

20/10/13

  • Alister McIntosh's (aka Super Mac - now aka Macca) email address added.

19/10/13


  • A very special addition. You may recall that a personal goal of mine was to track down all the people in the Oriana Engineers 1975 photo and for quite some time the total had remained at 33 out of 37 but thanks to Kevin O'Connor giving Keith Radford a lead Keith has found Super Mac (aka Alister McIntosh) who's alive and well and has been living in Sydney since 1979.  

31/07/13

  • 15 photos of a new reunion in Avignon in April 2013 added by Brendan Cole.

24/07/13

  • A lovely epitaph added to Leyla Incikaya's departed section by her dear friend Cynthia Masters.

  • Chrissie ? has been named as Chrissie Le Conte (now Abbs) by Robert C Bentley. 

19/07/13

15/07/13

  • 1 new photo of Geoff Kimber with Ken Hewitt added.

  • A comment added to this photo by Keith Radford.

  • A comment added to this photo by Nick Messenger. 

  • A comment added to this photo by Geoff.

10/07/13

  • 5 photos of Orsova groups (1970-1973) added by P Quin & J Landeryou.

09/07/13

06/07/13

  • 1 comment about this person and 1 comment about this person added by Robert C Bentley.

  • Another comment about Oriana Pursers 1971 or 72 or 73 added by Terry Williams.

  • A comment about SS Oronsay added by Jacqueline Ashworth.

04/07/13

  • Happy 4th July to all our American friends.

  • Mick Lemm's email address updated.

03/07/13

  • A comment about Oriana Pursers 1971 or 72 or 73 added by Graeme Evison.

29/06/13

  • 2 comments about this lady added by Mark Proctor and Derek Scott.

  • Ian Haggarty's email address updated.

04/06/13

  • Sadly, news of another Seadog passing. Dick Spread has died but there's no details as yet. 

02/06/13

  • An update to Richard (Dick) Regan's life and a new email address added.

30/05/13

  • Sadly, news of another Seadog passing. Stewart Aitchison passed away in 2008. 

17/05/13

  • A comment about Oriana Pursers 1971 or 72 or 73 added by Richard Regan.

  • If anyone involved in the Falklands wants to be on the telly then continue reading below;

“Reunited” is a new BBC One series that will be going out this autumn across the UK. In it we are looking at the big moments and events in recent times and by bringing together the people that were involved, giving an insight into the personal stories that were behind them.

One of the events we are covering is the Falklands war. The way we hope to do it is by bringing together the people who were on the ships commandeered to transport the forces to the Falkland’s and brought them back.

By reuniting the troops with the civilian crew members, doctors, nurses and mechanics, we want to explore the stories and relationships that were forged, and how these would have been in very different contexts going there and coming back.

There is no commitment at this stage, it would just be a research chat.
 

Austen Irwin, 

TV Factual, 

BBC Northern Ireland 

Austen.Irwin@bbc.co.uk   

12/05/13

  • A great tribute to Rocky from his old mate John Barclay added.

11/05/13

  • 10 photos of people added the Robert Bentley's Memories.

08/05/13

07/05/13

  • 1 photo of the Ocean Dream (Sun Princess, Spirit of London) added thanks to Robert C. Bentley.  

06/05/13

  • A message from Lauraine Mulberry has been added to Rocky's departed section.

  • A message from Brian Jewson has been added to Rocky's departed section.

05/05/13

  • It's with great sadness that I have to advise that another fine Seadog has passed away. John Rockell (aka Rocky) died on the 1st May following a courageous battle with mesothelioma. More information can found in the Seadogs Departed section here. Our thoughts are with Kira, Melody, Adele and Michael and all Rocky's other family and friends.

  • 1 new Uganda Groups photo added thanks to Martin Ross.

02/05/13

  • It's just dawned on me that I'm the only one who gets notified every time someone adds a comment to the self uploading photos so I've decided, time permitting, to let you all know from here. I'll list the last batch and keep it going from now;

  • A comment about an Arcadia Group added by Neil Machin. 

  • A comment about a BI Reunion added by John Rennie.

  • A comment about a Reunion added by Debbie McAughtrie.

  • A comment about MV Piako added by Greg Smith.

  • A comment about a Reunion added by Rocky.

  • A comment about the 3 Chiefs added by Marty Elliot & Rocky.

  • A comment about a Reunion added by Geoff Kimber.

  • A comment about Oriana added by Stuart Woosnam.

30/04/13

  • 2 more photos from the So'ton reunion added thanks to Greg Smith.

29/04/13

  • 11 great photos of great mates from the reunion in So'ton on Saturday (27/04/13) added thanks to Mike Everson.

  • A new memorabilia item, a Uganda plaque, has been posted by Tony Simpson. 

  • 4 photos have been uploaded over the time with no identification of the subjects or the uploader so I've decided to show these in a new folder called Unidentified in the hope someone will claim them. 

23/04/13

  • John (Snoopy) Gray has been changed to John Cannon Gray along with the explanation.  

  • John (Snoopy) Gray re-linked.

  • Louise Roper-Piesse added.

31/03/13

  • 1 new QM2 photo added by me.

22/03/13

09/01/13

  • Keith Radford informs me that sadly Paul Hudson died of lung cancer a few years ago.

  • News of the passing of Willie Drummond by Ian Smith. 

02/01/13

31/12/12

  • 4 photos of mv Piako added thanks to Richard Stevenson.

  • Colin Wright added to the listings.

15/12/12

  • Joe Ballam, Engineer of Chusan and Oriana in the 60's and 70's passed away today.

  • A great letter about the late Roger Dobney added from his sister Amanda (Mandy).

14/12/12

  • 1 new photo of RMS Strathmore added thanks to S C Jones from Camberley in Surrey.

  • 3 photos have been uploaded with no name, no email address, no information whatsoever about who, what or where. There's nothing I can do with those unless the person emails me to provide some information.

07/12/12

  • 1 new group photo of 3 great old Chiefs added thanks to Marty Elliot.

14/11/12

30/10/12

  • 17 photos added to Greg Smith's Memories.   

30/10/12

29/10/12

22/10/12

  • Alex Learmont's email address updated.

  • Rod Sharpe's email address updated.

  • Graeme Hayes' Memories removed by request.

15/10/12

  • 4 new reunion photos added, 2 of the Oronsay boys in Fraser BC and 2 of Harbo's recent travels.

04/10/12

  • A new Chusan Group photo added by Nick Messenger.

24/07/12

  • A great video of the P&O 175 Year Bash taken by Mike Everson added.

24/07/12

19/07/12

14/07/12

  • 16 more 175 Year Bash photos added, 5 from Bondy and 11 from someone who lives in or near Southampton and connects to the Internet through British Telecom. Please let us know who you are or what's the point of sending them in?

  • 5 photos added by David Smith, 3 Seadogs and 2 Seadog Groups.

08/07/12

07/07/12

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23/05/12

  • 2 photos of Bill Hutton added.

23/05/12

06/04/12

  • Sadly, news of another fine seadog passing away has been reported. Tim Iredale died nearly a year ago.

  • Harbo sent in this "not too well thought out front page of the Belfast Telegraph" with the unfortunate ad placement and 4 new memorabilia items.

  • Finally a long unclaimed memorabilia item has been claimed with a very interesting story attached to it thanks to Don Cole.

  • Terry Bartholomew's email address updated.

  • A photo of Keith Rourke added.

31/03/12

  • Don Cole writes; Just had an update on a book I contributed too last year that will hit the streets in June if any seadogs are interested. It's available from Amazon.

  • Rather coincidentally Lauraine Mulberry writes; There's a new book out about the Merchant Navy in the Falklands War which has memories of P&O personnel on both the Canberra and Uganda. In conjunction with the book, there's an exhibition onboard HQS Wellington from April 1 to May 28th 2012. Wellington is moored on the Thames near Temple Underground Station. This book is also available from Amazon.

  • Lauraine Mulberry's email address updated.

  • Amanda Anthoson's email address updated.

  • 4 excellent Uganda memorabilia items added all belonging to Andrew Ball.

30/03/12

  • Marine & CCP are having a reunion on Saturday 12th October 2013 at the Holiday Inn, Eight Ash Green. Click on the above link and go to the bottom of the page to see how you can get involved.

  • Phil Chapallaz added.

  • Ken Ellis' email address updated.

  • A new Orsova memorabilia item added thanks to Marixa.

26/03/12

  • A new Oriana Reunion added.

  • A new Oriana memorabilia item added which was presented to me as a gift at the above mentioned reunion.

25/03/12

  • Dave Traynor has sadly advised that Tim Taylor (not previously listed on this site), a barman on Arcadia, Canberra and Sea Princess, passed away on Friday. He died of cancer at only 58. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Hilary, son Aaron and all Tim's family and friends at this terrible time.  

24/03/12

  • Graham Briggs added.

  • 4 photos of Island Princess in Dry Dock thanks to Terry Williams.

  • Stan Jamison and Michael Fatchen named in Lizzie's Canberra groups thanks to Harbo.

  • A pic of the QE2 and a very interesting press release about her future added thanks to Paul Carney.

  • Kathy Riordan's (Passenger) Memories added.

17/03/12

  • The procedure for starting and stopping Oriana's Turbo-Generators added thanks to Lightning.

  • 4 more photos of Canberra groups thanks to Lizzie Chapman-Walker (Passenger).

16/03/12

  • Some interesting information about Oronsay's Chippy Shop added thanks to Gwynne Tyler.

  • Some very sad information about the Pacific Princess thanks to Phil Archer.  

  • Linda Richardson's birth date added thanks to Brian.

  • More memorabilia, Oriana Jigsaw and a Slop Chest Voucher added all belonging to Andrew Ball.

  • 7 more photos added to Terry Williams' Memories. Terry also named Corrie Wilson in Steve Hodge's Memories and Jose Mackenzie's Memories. 

11/03/12

  • 2 photos of the QM2 added thanks to Ian Smith.

  • Lots more names added to Alan Hills' Wedding photo thanks to Mark Proctor.

09/03/12

  • 1 more photo added to Terry Williams' Memories.

  • More names added to Alan Hills' Memories thanks to Harbo.

05/03/12

  • As it's a holiday in Perth today I've just spent a good few hours linking from each group photo sections to people's "memories" pages so it makes it easier for the viewer to find all the photos on the site relating to any particular ship ... for example; 

  • It's with deep regret that I have to advise the passing of Linda Soper (now Richardson). Linda was a Steiners hairdresser on Canberra and married my old engineer mate from Oriana, Brian Richardson. Deepest sympathies Brian. 

  • Sadly, news of another deceased seadog has come to light from Mike Hawkesworth while naming David White in Terry Williams' Memories. 

  • 9 more photos added to Terry Williams' Memories. 

  • Lots of names added to Alan Hills' Memories thanks to Harbo and Tim Lees.

  • Mick Everson wishes me to get all persons going to the 3rd July Reunion in Southampton to contact Terry Bartholomew if they wish to go on the cruise alongside the 7 P&O Ships. They need 10 plus to get the discount.

02/03/12

  • Mike Milsom correctly named, previously listed as Millson, Annette Moore and Gerard Dubois named in Canberra Pursers thanks to Terry Williams.

  • Terry Williams' Memories added.

  • ss Arcadia Plaque souvenir added, ss Oriana Plaque souvenir added, ss Oriana Cassette Tape souvenir added all belonging to Andrew Ball.

  • 4 great group photos of Canberra groups in 1993 thanks to Lizzie Chapman-Walker (Passenger).

  • Some fond memories of George McHugh added thanks to Bob Eden.

  • Because of my computer woes last week this item is a tad redundant as the auction was last Thursday but it's still interesting thanks to Mike Hawkesworth.   

  • Peter Robinson (aka Pee Wee) added.

  • Gwynne Tyler added.

  • Michael & Elaine Denmead's email address changed.

  • Alan Hills' Memories added with 19 great photos thanks to wife Suzanne.

  • A new P&O Reunion in Sydney added thanks to Ian Smith.

26/02/12

  • Apologies to those people who sent in updates over the last week but after 3 years of constant use my computer finally ground to a halt. Anyway, as expected, it's taken all of the last 3 days to reformat the hard drive and reinstall everything and now I'm back on track for next weekend. Sorry for the delay.

19/02/12

18/02/12

  • Ken Hobbs tentatively named in a Uganda photo thanks to Harbo

17/02/12

  • The Order of Service for Tommy Shaw's funeral added thanks to Dai Young. 

  • A mini reunion added thanks to Rod Drake.

  • An extract from Lloyds Register of Ships 1972-73 relating to Oriana added thanks to Greg Sinclair.

  • Neil MacLennan (now Claire Elise Manchesi-Maclennan) added.

  • Keith Radford's photos linked.

09/02/12

  • News about John Rockell's fight with Mesothelioma added.

  • A new Pacific Princess Reunion added thanks to Harbo

04/02/12

  • The details of Tommy Shaw's funeral added thanks to Phil Archer.

03/02/12

  • Sadly, belated news of the passing of Alan Hills back in 2009 from wife Suzanne.

  • Sadly again. another belated passing. Alf Pimblett passed away peacefully in his village of Pembury in 2002.

  • Mike Hawkesworth advises the old Pacific Princess was sold to a Turkish scrap yard in December 2011 as reported in a Genoa Newspaper. Sadly it's all in Italian so if an Italian speaking reader can verify this we'd be most grateful.

30/01/12

  • Another fine tribute to Tommy Shaw added from Andrew Ball and another by Phil Archer in a new Forum post.

29/01/12

  • Sadly, news of the passing of another fine Seadog has just been reported. Tommy Shaw died in San Diego hospital last night (Saturday 28th). 

  • A great tribute to Tommy Shaw added from Don Cole.

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  • A sad end to a fine old lady! Thanks to Tony Simpson for sending it in.

  • Dave Jelleyman added.

28/01/12

  • The order of service for Denis Tanner's funeral added thanks to Terry Bartholomew.

  • Alex Learmont's Memories added with 10 photos.   

  • Colin Maiden (Jnr Lecky) named in Oronsay groups thanks to Alex Learmont.

21/01/12

  • 5 photos and updated history added to Bill Brown's listing. 

  • Mike Brown added.

  • Eddie Davies added.

  • Keith Rourke added.

20/01/12

  • The form to be filled out to attend the Canberra Reunion in Bournemouth this August can be found in the Forum.

16/01/12

  • Paul Robinson (Blee), Terry Bartholomew (TB) and Mike Everson (Slava) are arranging the reunion for the 3rd July when all seven P&O Ships are in Southampton at the same time for the 175th anniversary. Blee is staying at the Ibis Hotel at West Quay Western Esplanade and the meeting place will be at the Juniper Berry in Southampton. Please contact TB at terrybartholomew@sky.com if you wish to join this prestigious event. 

15/01/12

  • Yet more bad news. Brian Stewart (Senior Radio Officer) passed away last Friday 13th January. Our thoughts are with his loving family and friends.

  • This is truly a sickening site. The latest details of this disaster can be found here at the BBC. 

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  • Bondy's book is a must read. A complete spectrum of emotions is evoked. Excellent! "Making Splishy Sploshy" can be found online at these stores; Amazon, Raider, Book Depository (UK), Booktopia (AUS) or ask at any leading bookstore.

14/01/12

  • Don O'Connor added.

13/01/12

  • Sadly, another seadog departed albeit belatedly. Alan "Minty" Ferguson passed away in 2005.

  • A new photo and moving comment added to Denis Tanner's departed section thanks to Graham Stephens.

09/01/12

  • Details of a Canberra Reunion in Bournemouth this August can be found in the Forum.

07/01/12

  • Sadly, another very popular Seadog has passed away. Denis Tanner died on Friday 30th December 2011.

  • 5 photos of a reunion of  our beloved Bar Staff added (what would we have done without 'em) thanks to Dave Traynor.

  • Alex Learmont's email address changed. 

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