P&O Ruth Artmonsky

ISBN: 9780747811701

Published: April 17th 2012

Paperback

64 pages


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P&O  by  Ruth Artmonsky

P&O by Ruth Artmonsky
April 17th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 64 pages | ISBN: 9780747811701 | 7.27 Mb

All the romance of travel at sea is captured in the long history of P&O. From humble beginnings in the 1830s, The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company grew to dominate British mercantile shipping for much of the 19th, and a goodMoreAll the romance of travel at sea is captured in the long history of P&O.

From humble beginnings in the 1830s, The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company grew to dominate British mercantile shipping for much of the 19th, and a good deal of the 20th, centuries. Initially the companys paddle steamers carried Her Majestys Mail, as the name implies, to the Iberian Peninsular, but over time P&O extended its routes across the Mediterranean, and onwards to the Middle East, Far East and Australasia. Besides the mail P&O liners carried specie, as well as such commodities as silk, tea, and even opium!

And then there were the passengers - colonial officers, the military, planters, traders, big game hunters, pilgrims, missionaries, emigrants, Monarchs and Maharajah, along with their wives, children and nannies- not forgetting the fishing fleet - young ladies venturing east to catch a husband.

P&O came to represent the British Empire at sea, and as the Empire waned, and Britain took to the air, so a golden age of travelling by sea came to an end. This new book delves into the P&O archives to take a nostalgic glance astern at all those who travelled P&O.



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