The Himalaya, 27,955 tons, 709ft x 90.5ft, twin screw, speed 22 knots, accommodation for 760-1st and 410-tourist class passengers. Built in 1949 by Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow in Furness for P & O Steam Nav. Co. She started her maiden voyage on 6th Oct.1949 from Tilbury and made Bombay in 15 days, Melbourne (28 days) and Sydney (30 days). In 1958 she was transferred to the Sydney - Auckland - Vancouver - San Francisco route. 1959 she took on the London - Sydney - transPacific serrvice. In 1963 the Himalaya was converted to single class ship. She made her last voyage from the UK - Hong Kong in Oct. 1974 and was then sold to Mitsui for scrapping at Taiwan.