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Washing the Decks of SS ‘Viceroy of India’

Photo credit: Scottish Maritime Museum

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Built by Alexander Stephens and Sons, Glasgow, in 1928, the SS 'Viceroy of India’ was an ocean liner of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O). The ship operated as a British Royal Mail Ship on the Tilbury–Bombay route. The accommodation on board was regarded as luxurious by the standards of the time. The liner was perfect for the leisure cruise market, particularly with the unusual addition of an indoor swimming pool. In 1940 the Ministry of War Transport requisitioned SS 'Viceroy of India’ as a troop ship. The ship sunk in the Mediterranean in November 1942 by German submarine ‘U-407’.

Scottish Maritime Museum



Washing the Decks of SS ‘Viceroy of India’




coloured crayon on paper


H 27 x W 36 cm

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purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, 2018

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