The Northern Star
by Harry Hignett
In 1955 Shaw Savill Lines inaugurated a new service with their new ship Southern Cross. It was not only new but for an ocean liner, it was a revolutionary design. The engines were placed aft leaving most of the hull entirely free for passenger accommodation. With the success of this development, P&o promptly ordered a new, similar vessel from the same builders to be named Canberra.
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