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Canton

Post Card purchased at local Oxfam. No indication other than usual post card details on the back. Possibly of the type sold on board.

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Built at Stephen, Glasgow, entering Far East service for P.& O. in 1938. 15,784 GRT, 563 x 72 ft. Pax: 260 1st C., 220 2nd C. She was the last P.& O. liner to have a black hull. In Nov. 1939 commissioned as armed merchant cruiser, and in 1944 fitted out as troop transport. In 1947, refitted as pax. ship, now with a white hull, re-entering Southampton-Hong Kong service. Scrapped in 1962, Hong Kong.
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She was as happy a ship as she was beautiful. I was fortunate to be her last 3/O on voyages then to Japan from London, and sadly to be part of the skeleton crew who delivered her to the breakers in H.K. We arrived just ahead of a typhoon and everything else, including US and RN warships took to sea. We had to ride it out, powerless, at a buoy near the old Kai Tek runway. No damage to us but quite spectacular waves and rain with widespread damage ashore.
 

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