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 good deal of the 20th, centuries. Initially the company's paddle steamers carried Her Majesty's 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.
About the Author
Ruth Artmonsky trained as a psychologist and worked as a director of a worldwide management consultancy before turning her interests to design. Specialising in British design in the first half of the 20th century her books range from prints and printers, to artists and designers, and to their patrons, including Colin Anderson of the Orient Line in 'Shipboard Style'. P&O had an interest in the Orient Line from 1918, acquiring complete ownership in 1960, so that it was natural for Ruth Artmonsky to follow up her interest in shipping and its passengers to the parent company.
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