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Old 7th December 2006, 03:32
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S.S. Canton

Could you please include another P & O ship -the Canton - which often sailed from Southampton to the Far East in the forties and fifties- and was scrapped in the early 60's?
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Could you please include another P & O ship -the Canton - which often sailed from Southampton to the Far East in the forties and fifties- and was scrapped in the early 60's?
Recall travel by SS Canton twice - from Mumbai (then Bombay) to London and return from Southampton to Mumbai. Both sailings were in 1948 when I was just 8 years old. Memorable journey and I can visualise the trip even today - especially the one to London. If I recall correctly, the return journey started from Southampton on 27 December 1948.
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I was the last 3/O in Canton, initially on voyages from London to Yokohama but concluding with the final delivery voyage in October 1962 to the breakers in HK.

That last stay in Hong Kong was enlivened by the fact the previous P&O ship sold to those brokers (it was one of the Straths) was paid for by a cheque that bounced. Whilst we waited for Canton's banker's draft to clear a cyclone warning was issued for HK. All ships with power, including RN and USN warships left harbour for the comparative safety of the open sea. We rode it out alongside the runway of the old Kai Tek airport.
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Old 23rd February 2015, 21:24
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That is interesting indeed. Amused to learn that cheques bounced even in 1962!

I was just collecting photos of SS Canton - wonder if you or any other member has any. Must add that I did find a few on the internet - but then nostalgia makes me want more.
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Old 25th February 2015, 14:09
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Recall travel by SS Canton twice - from Mumbai (then Bombay) to London and return from Southampton to Mumbai. Both sailings were in 1948 when I was just 8 years old. Memorable journey and I can visualise the trip even today - especially the one to London. If I recall correctly, the return journey started from Southampton on 27 December 1948.
Sorry, just found out that SS Canton sailed from Southampton on 17 December 1948, not 27 December 1948.
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Old 26th February 2015, 18:17
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I was a Bell Boy on the P&O RMS Corfu, regular run from London to Honk Kong, 1960/61.
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I did my last 4 trips on the CANTON in April/60 till March/61. I left the Orient Lines ORONSAY in April/60 after 9 years , joined P&O April/60 they amalgamated April/60 so in reality I never left the Orient Line I was in the ORCADES /ORION allso.
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Goto http//www.photoship.com where youwill find photos of Canton.
I was an engineer on the Canton for two years, a good ship.
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And I thought I was an old Git, some here must be older than me…………………….
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Christ Boseley, EVERYBODIES older than You mate! You look great!.......Que lindo lugar para vivir; espectacular!! Felicito! Un abraso Keithmar
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I was the last 3/O in Canton, initially on voyages from London to Yokohama but concluding with the final delivery voyage in October 1962 to the breakers in HK.

That last stay in Hong Kong was enlivened by the fact the previous P&O ship sold to those brokers (it was one of the Straths) was paid for by a cheque that bounced. Whilst we waited for Canton's banker's draft to clear a cyclone warning was issued for HK. All ships with power, including RN and USN warships left harbour for the comparative safety of the open sea. We rode it out alongside the runway of the old Kai Tek airport.
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That's fascinating! I am currently doing a research for an article regarding Canton, in particular, I am looking for any information and stories about her last days in Hong Kong before she was sold to shipbreaker (Leung Yau Shipbreaker), and any information regarding her bell, which was presented to and received by my secondary school (Ying Wa College, Hong Kong) on 3rd October 1962, and has been placed in my school since then for almost 55 years now.

See link below to my photo gallery showing the ship in early October 1962, the bell presentation onboard in 1962, and the bell in 2017.

https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galler...&ppuser=204810

Please let me know if you have any such information. Thanks in advance!
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Old 24th January 2018, 18:28
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That's fascinating! I am currently doing a research for an article regarding Canton, in particular, I am looking for any information and stories about her last days in Hong Kong before she was sold to shipbreaker (Leung Yau Shipbreaker), and any information regarding her bell, which was presented to and received by my secondary school (Ying Wa College, Hong Kong) on 3rd October 1962, and has been placed in my school since then for almost 55 years now.

See link below to my photo gallery showing the ship in early October 1962, the bell presentation onboard in 1962, and the bell in 2017.

https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galler...&ppuser=204810

Please let me know if you have any such information. Thanks in advance!
Myself aged 6 and my family of parents and four sisters travelled from Indonesia back to the UK on the RMS CANTON in 1952, but I don't know where we would have joined the ship on its homeward journey nor the dates of the voyage in that year. Would be interested in any details.
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Recall travel by SS Canton twice - from Mumbai (then Bombay) to London and return from Southampton to Mumbai. Both sailings were in 1948 when I was just 8 years old. Memorable journey and I can visualise the trip even today - especially the one to London. If I recall correctly, the return journey started from Southampton on 27 December 1948.
Sorry, just found out that SS Canton sailed from Southampton on 17 December 1948, not 27 December 1948.
Here's a drawing of my dad on his way from India to England on SS Canton in 1948. Drawing by FJ Groves

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139948.../shares/634u7B
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Here's a drawing of my dad on his way from India to England on SS Canton in 1948. Drawing by FJ Groves

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139948.../shares/634u7B
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Lovely drawing
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Myself aged 6 and my family of parents and four sisters travelled from Indonesia back to the UK on the RMS CANTON in 1952, but I don't know where we would have joined the ship on its homeward journey nor the dates of the voyage in that year. Would be interested in any details.
Probably Singapore or Penang
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That is interesting indeed. Amused to learn that cheques bounced even in 1962!

I was just collecting photos of SS Canton - wonder if you or any other member has any. Must add that I did find a few on the internet - but then nostalgia makes me want more.
I have a P & O Canton postcard from 1958. Once I work out how to add a photo to this forum I shall do that. Only just joined to day in order to do this.
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However the time had come that P&O or (The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company) decided to build a new Turbine Steamer, and she was ordered to be built by Stephen Shipbuilding in Glasgow, Scotland in November 1936. Her keel was laid down in 1937 Yard in number 557.
When ready, she was launched and named Canton on April 14, 1938, by Miss Thalia Shaw, the daughter of Lord Craigmyle, being the P&O’s recently retired Chairman. One in the water, tugs towed the hull to her builder’s Fit-Out berths. Once the Canton was completed she headed out for her sea trails on September 9, 1938, which proved to be successful, after which she returned to the builders yard for some final touches. Once she was fully completed the RMS Canton was delivered on September 13, to the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.
P&O had just under a month before her maiden voyage from the UK to India, Hong Kong and Japan, thus they had sufficient time in preparing their new liner and take on cargo heading to various ports during her voyage, as well as manning her. There were many last special final changes on board ensuring her passengers would not just be comfortable, but also feel completely at home aboard!
The handsome 15,784 GRT (Gross Registered Tons) P&O Liner was the last ship of the company to have hull painted black and with a white ribbon, whilst her superstructure was all white. Her boot topping was painted in P&O’s traditional red and topside there was a tall slanting black funnel, as well as two tall majestic white masts as well as kingposts with derricks for cargo movements.
The Canton offered a considerable cargo capacity with six holds that had a capacity of 10,341 cubic metres or 365,248 cubic feet, including 927 cubic metres or 32,730 cubic feet of insulated space.
Her passenger capacity was as follows; 257 in First Class and 221 in Second Class. The ship had a crew of 319: These consisted of both European and Indian. The Captain and officers, Pursers were mostly European, whilst the Engineers’ department, Stewards, and Deck crew were Indian. In addition the Canton was the very first P&O liner to have a fulltime “Cinema Operator” on the ship!
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However the time had come that P&O or (The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company) decided to build a new Turbine Steamer, and she was ordered to be built by Stephen Shipbuilding in Glasgow, Scotland in November 1936. Her keel was laid down in 1937 Yard in number 557.
When ready, she was launched and named Canton on April 14, 1938, by Miss Thalia Shaw, the daughter of Lord Craigmyle, being the P&O’s recently retired Chairman. One in the water, tugs towed the hull to her builder’s Fit-Out berths. Once the Canton was completed she headed out for her sea trails on September 9, 1938, which proved to be successful, after which she returned to the builders yard for some final touches. Once she was fully completed the RMS Canton was delivered on September 13, to the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.
P&O had just under a month before her maiden voyage from the UK to India, Hong Kong and Japan, thus they had sufficient time in preparing their new liner and take on cargo heading to various ports during her voyage, as well as manning her. There were many last special final changes on board ensuring her passengers would not just be comfortable, but also feel completely at home aboard!
The handsome 15,784 GRT (Gross Registered Tons) P&O Liner was the last ship of the company to have hull painted black and with a white ribbon, whilst her superstructure was all white. Her boot topping was painted in P&O’s traditional red and topside there was a tall slanting black funnel, as well as two tall majestic white masts as well as kingposts with derricks for cargo movements.
The Canton offered a considerable cargo capacity with six holds that had a capacity of 10,341 cubic metres or 365,248 cubic feet, including 927 cubic metres or 32,730 cubic feet of insulated space.
Her passenger capacity was as follows; 257 in First Class and 221 in Second Class. The ship had a crew of 319: These consisted of both European and Indian. The Captain and officers, Pursers were mostly European, whilst the Engineers’ department, Stewards, and Deck crew were Indian. In addition the Canton was the very first P&O liner to have a fulltime “Cinema Operator” on the ship!
That is so interesting thank you. As a family we travelled on the Canton twice, in 1957 and 1958, between Southampton and Singapore. I remember it fondly especially the swimming pool which was not huge but it was deep as I recall. And the crew made a big event of crossing the equator and I still have my certificate dated 16th May 1957, when I was 5 'Bestowed on Board S.S. Canton' and signed by J A Will, Captain.
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However the time had come that P&O or (The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company) decided to build a new Turbine Steamer, and she was ordered to be built by Stephen Shipbuilding in Glasgow, Scotland in November 1936. Her keel was laid down in 1937 Yard in number 557.
When ready, she was launched and named Canton on April 14, 1938, by Miss Thalia Shaw, the daughter of Lord Craigmyle, being the P&O’s recently retired Chairman. One in the water, tugs towed the hull to her builder’s Fit-Out berths. Once the Canton was completed she headed out for her sea trails on September 9, 1938, which proved to be successful, after which she returned to the builders yard for some final touches. Once she was fully completed the RMS Canton was delivered on September 13, to the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.
P&O had just under a month before her maiden voyage from the UK to India, Hong Kong and Japan, thus they had sufficient time in preparing their new liner and take on cargo heading to various ports during her voyage, as well as manning her. There were many last special final changes on board ensuring her passengers would not just be comfortable, but also feel completely at home aboard!
The handsome 15,784 GRT (Gross Registered Tons) P&O Liner was the last ship of the company to have hull painted black and with a white ribbon, whilst her superstructure was all white. Her boot topping was painted in P&O’s traditional red and topside there was a tall slanting black funnel, as well as two tall majestic white masts as well as kingposts with derricks for cargo movements.
The Canton offered a considerable cargo capacity with six holds that had a capacity of 10,341 cubic metres or 365,248 cubic feet, including 927 cubic metres or 32,730 cubic feet of insulated space.
Her passenger capacity was as follows; 257 in First Class and 221 in Second Class. The ship had a crew of 319: These consisted of both European and Indian. The Captain and officers, Pursers were mostly European, whilst the Engineers’ department, Stewards, and Deck crew were Indian. In addition the Canton was the very first P&O liner to have a fulltime “Cinema Operator” on the ship!
Many thanks for these interesting facts about SS Canton. I had sailed in 1948 on SS Canton twice - once from Bombay (Mumbai) to London and again from Southampton to Bombay on 17 Dec 1948 as an 8-year-old with my parents
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To me, R.M.S. CANTON is "The" P&O mailship... and quite the most perfectly proportioned and elegant looking of them all. Her lines, her classic original livery are the epitome of British naval architecture of the period. She never looked as good in the post-war colours in my option, the traditional P&O black hull and funnel just looked well, more mailship and purposeful.

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