SS Himalaya (1948)
|Owner||Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company|
|Operator||1949-1961 P&O Lines, 1961-1966 P&O-Orient Lines, 1966-1974 P&O Lines|
|Port of registry||London, UK|
|Builder||Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness, UK|
|Laid down||26 February 1946|
|Launched||5 October 1948|
|Maiden voyage||6 October 1949|
|Out of service||31 October 1974|
|General characteristics |
|Beam||90 ft 8 in (27.64 m)|
|Draught||31 ft 2 in (9.50 m)|
|Speed||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
|Capacity||As built, 758 1st class, 401 tourist class (1963, 1,416 tourist class), cargo 450,000 cu ft (13,000 m3)|
SS Himalaya was a 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 She was withdrawn from service in 1974 and scrapped the next year.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.
In 1958 she pioneered a new South Pacific route for P&O, from Melbourne and Sydney to San Francisco and Los Angeles via Fiji, Honolulu and Vancouver. The following year she was routed from Los Angeles to Singapore and then onward to London.
In the winter of 1959-60 she was given a major refit at Flushing which include the installation of full air conditioning. In 1963, following the sale of the Strath Class liners by P&O, Himalaya, along with Orcades, was converted to all tourist class and was often used on assisted immigrant sailings.
Himalaya was in a background scene, while docked in Hong Kong, in an episode of the series I Spy Season: 01 Ep: 02. A Cup of Kindness.
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- "Himalaya: History". The AJN Transport Britain Collection. 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2012.