CANBERRA: THE GREAT WHITE WHALE. BASED ON A FACSIMILE REPRINT OF THE ORIGINAL SOUVENIR NUMBER OF THE SHIPBUILDER AND MARINE ENGINE BUILDER, PUBLISHED IN 1961 TO COMMEMORATE THE BUILDING OF THE GREAT SHIP, WITH AN EPILOGUE BY NEIL MCCART DESCRIBING AND ILL
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Cambridge, 1st.ed., 1983. Vi + 70 + 122 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, diagrams & plans (1 fldg.). D.j., 30 x 22cm. FINE. To the men of the Falklands Task Force she was known affectionately as the ‘Great White Whale'. This famous passenger liner began her long career under the houseflag of P&O and was laid down in Belfast during the mid-1950's. The CANBERRA was built to a controversial design, years ahead of her time, and proved to be a highly successful ship. This book begins with a facsimile reprint of the Souvenir issue of the Shipbuilder and Marine Engine Builder published in 1961 when the liner was launched. It contains a wealth of contemporary information on her design, construction, décor and equipment. To this the author has added an extensive Epilogue with words and pictures which trace the career of the CANBERRA from her maiden voyage down to her requisition as a troopship during the Falklands Crisis of 1982 in which she played a prominent role. THE LIFE OF P&O's LINER CANBERRA FROM BELFAST TO PORT STANLEY. FINE COPY.