Passenger liners


Before jet aircraft allowed us to squeeze ourselves into flying ‘sardine tins’ people crossed the seas in varying degrees of comfort aboard passenger ships.  Here we see a great range of passenger-carrying ships ranging from small coastal types, to the great liners of the 20th Century.

Here we see Aquitan IA, Queen Mary, Bremen, France, United States, Majestic, Empress Of Britain, Queen Elizabeth 2 and many others.   Here are the ships that served Australia. AwateaCanberra, Oriana, Orcades, Kangaroo, even the tragic Mikhail Lermontov. P & O is there with ships from Mooltan, through Narkunda to Canberra and her final departure. The famous ‘Strath boats’ are there as are various Mariposa’s and other US liners.  Many of these wonderful liners were sunk during two World wars. Others lasted for more than 50 years as did Shaw Savill’s Southern Cross. Most of the 380 odd images are of good quality but a few are not and their inclusion is justified by their rarity.

For costs and availability of obtaining any of these photos without watermark, as an electronic file, as a print from the original negative (where available) or as some other format, contact the Maritime Records and Research Centre’s Curator on mrrc@shf.org.au/home or 02 9298 3850, quoting the full file name and giving details of format wanted.

Copyright for the majority of these images from the collection is vested in the Sydney Heritage Fleet. For the remaining images every attempt has been made to ensure correct attribution. If any originator of an image notes an error the Sydney Heritage Fleet would welcome any notification and will remove that image or modify its attribution.

Click on any image to enlarge

Back to entry page for SHF General Collection