Kowloon Wharves

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 18:48

Detail cropped from this photo: https://gwulo.com/atom/35577

Date picture taken
1 Dec 1937


The liner berthed at the Kowloon Wharves is probably one of the four R class liners built for P&O (Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.) in 1925.

Comparing the photo with the 2 pictures from the book “P&O – A Fleet History” the ship in question is likely to be the RANCHI. The pair of rectangular windows directly below the bridge wings is a feature only seen in pictures of the RANCHI. After WW 2 the liner had a single funnel.

RANCHI – built 1925 Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

                 Two steam quadruple expansion 4 cylinder engines.

                 Broken up 1953 in the UK



  • P&O A Fleet History – Rabson and O’Donoghue

                   World Ship Society  ISBN 0 905617 45 2


  • The Story of P&O – D and S Howarth

                    Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd.   ISBN 0 297 78965 1




Ranchi P&O post-war .jpg
Ranchi P&O post-war .jpg, by degahkg


Ranchi P&O pre-war.jpg
Ranchi P&O pre-war.jpg, by degahkg