Find out more about our ships fact sheets
through this guide
The Ship Fact Sheets cover nearly 2,500 ships owned by P&O, its subsidiaries and associates. As a general rule ships owned and disposed of by subsidiary and associate companies before they became part of the P&O Group are not included.
The fact sheets were originally compiled for the Group’s own use from P&O and subsidiary company records and from outside sources both published and unpublished. They are primarily concerned with ships’ P&O Group service histories, and should not necessarily be treated as a definitive service record for any vessel. In particular, a ship acquired second-hand or sold for further trading will therefore have a non-P&O career which may not have been recorded.
Each Ship Fact Sheet contains the ship’s Official Number; a number unique to each vessel. Official Numbers were held by British and Empire registered ships regardless of name changes until or unless sold on to foreign registry. If the ship was later re-registered as British the former official number was normally reallocated. Some countries, e.g. USA, also allocated Official Numbers. Today, ships have an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number, this is a unique 7-digit identifier which remains with a ship no matter how many times it changes name, flag, owner etc.
It is necessary to identify the Official Number of any vessel you are searching as many repositories and online databases require you to search by that number rather than by the ship’s name.
We are aware that the sheets are by no means fully comprehensive. We welcome corrections, or information on additional dates and notable events, provided that the contributor can include written and/or pictorial evidence to verify the correction or addition. Please contact us with any details.
Special acknowledgement is due to the World Ship Society whose various publications on P&O Group companies have been a major source of information – even if much of this many have been culled from P&O files in the first place!
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