The Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company was established in 1837 and came to dominate the immigrant market to Asia and Oceania well into the 20th century. Operating a vast fleet, P&O set the standard for comfortable travel during the lengthy voyage from Europe to Australia.
Canton operated a lucrative service between Britain and Hong Kong for many years earning the little liner a fond place in the hearts of many former passengers and crew.
P&O’s ‘Ugly Ducklings’, Mooltan and her sister Maloja were constructed just after the First World War and went on to capitalise on the growing ‘Tourist’ market of the 20s and 30s.
Strathmore’s design improved on that of ‘Strathnaver’ and ‘Strathaird’ and like her running-mates, she operated the sea-lanes between England and Australia for decades.
A revolutionary step forward for P&O when she was launched, Strathnaver gave many years of service as a reliable carrier of immigrants.
One of P&O’s most successful immigrant liners of the 50s and 60s, Stratheden was the largest of her sister ships.