Cathay / Comorin / Chitral PhotoItem Number: 39922 $30.00
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These famous P&O liners were built in the mid-1920’s. Oddly they came into service with old-style quadruple expansion engines. As P&O soon discovered, they did not live up to their requirements and were too slow for the Australian run for which they were designed to give P&O a fortnightly service. Low-pressure exhaust turbines were added in 1930 to the Comorin and Chitral. For some reason, Cathay missed out on this upgrade. These ships must be some of the last reciprocating engine turbine combinations to sail the seas. Cathay sank during the war in 1942 when an ammunition explosion blew off her stern. Comorin caught fire in the North Atlantic in 1941 and was shelled and sunk by the destroyer HMS Lincoln because the fire could not be brought under control. Chitral was scrapped in 1953.
This press photo of one of their smoking rooms shows a classic liner style, i.e., mock hunting lodge. In excellent condition measuring 9¼” x 11½”.