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P&O History

Take a voyage with us as we travel back through time to reveal the fascinating story of P&O. From the Victorian age of steam, innovation and empire, through two World Wars, to a brave Elizabethan era of modernity and change, P&O has played a vital part in maritime history.

Delve into the decades in detail, glance through our galleries and enjoy excerpts from our film collection.

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Documents from the P&O Archive

P&O Archive

Search our online database of nearly 2,500 ships.

Our Family History research guides will point you in the right direction and help you on your way.

Bow view of the ORSOVA

Shipping Companies

P&O acquired many shipping lines worldwide - find out more about some of them in our Shipping Company Histories.