Spot on Stephen!
In Clan Line curry was ALWAYS an option at lunchtime.
Great as second mate on stations as the crew galley was usually aft and you nearly always got a plate of their curry to warm you up in the cold weather!
What a fantastic voyage route she had. I would have been great to do a round trip in her as a passenger. To mention the currys all British India ships and P and O pasenger ships today and in the passed always had/have curry on the lunchon menues.
Curry 24/7 on this fine vessel. Galleys were numerous and coal fired. Officers and First Class Galley midships fwd, crew galley and bandary on poop, Passenger vegetarian No3 Upper tween deck, Passenger Non Vegetarian No3 UTD. There was another galley in No 4 Upper tween deck that had large clay ovens (tandoors?) where the cooks used to make chappati, nan etc. The cooks were amazing, turning out 1000 plus meals three times a day in very basic galleys. They were able to make delicious meals from few ingredients, I especially remember the various dhalls that were a staple and churned out every day. Chicken Curry on Sundays was a religion. Happy days
Another quirk I remember about this ship were the showers, we had normal FW showers but the passengers had no access to FW showers. The FW taps in third class (deck) accommodation were placed very low down so you could not get under them for a wash. Showers were Sea water and salt water soap could be obtained on board.
Used to send my tail whaller up to the bandari to get a chapati and curry sauce on the 4-8. Spent 6 months on the old girl was certainly an eye opener. Engineers accom was aft with out own mess room and NO ac. Units were in each cabin but only the second and chiefs worked. Chief was a dower Scot who called everyone by rank. Happy days. She had a five cylinder doxford lbd with all steam auxiliaries. Little dc steam Allen genies, twin 30 tonnes scotch boilers, pretty much everything steam powered except for the hp fuel pump and the purifier motors. A night mare on standby if the condenser couldn't cope. Steam everywhere! Hotter than he'll on a hot day. A very happy ship when I was there. Hurricane Hank was the old man.