SS Himalaya

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SS Himalaya
Career (UK)
Name: SS Himalaya
Namesake: Himalaya
Owner: Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Port of registry: London
Ordered: March 1945
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness, UK
Yard number: 951
Laid down: 26 February 1946
Launched: 5 October 1948
Acquired: 1 September 1949
In service: 6 October 1949
Out of service: 30 October 1974
Fate: Scrapped, 1975
General characteristics [2]
Type: Passenger ship
Tonnage: 27,955 GRT
9,659 DWT[1]
Length: 708 ft 8 in (216.00 m) o/a
667 ft 0 in (203.30 m) p/p[1]
Beam: 90 ft 8 in (27.64 m)
Draught: 31 ft 2 in (9.50 m)
Propulsion: Steam turbines, 42,550 shp (31,730 kW)
2 screws
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
  • 1,159 passengers:
  • 758 × 1st class
  • 401 × tourist class
Crew: 572

SS Himalaya was British passenger ship of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, launched in 1948, which operated mainly between Britain and Australia. She was withdrawn from service in 1974 and scrapped the next year.

Himalaya was built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers-Armstrongs and launched 5 October 1948. She had an identical hull and machinery to Orient Lines' Orcades (yard no. 950 to Himalaya's 951), though differing in superstructure and internal layout. She began her service on the Tilbury-Bombay-Australia route in 1949 following her departure from the shipbuilding yard in August. During her commission Himalaya underwent a number of improvements the first of which was, although controversial at the time, a funnel cowl to keep the liner's decks clear of debris without interference to the boilers. Following the sale of the Strath Class liners by P&O Himalaya (along with Orcades) was converted to allow the transportation of tourist class passengers only.

Himalaya arrived at Sydney on 30 October 1974 on her final commercial voyage. She was sold to Tong Cheng Steel Manufacturing Co. Ltd, and scrapped in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, in 1975.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "HIMALAYA". Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Himalaya: Technical Statistics". The AJN Transport Britain Collection. 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Himalaya: History". The AJN Transport Britain Collection. 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2012.