SS Himalaya (1948-1975) Built by Vickers Armstrong Ltd. Naval Construction Yard, Barrow-in-Furness for the British-based P&O Line (Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company). She would be P&O’s first new passenger liner of the postwar period.
Following sea trials in August 1949 and acceptance by her owners, she departed on her maiden voyage on 6 October 1948 on what would be her primary route: London (Tilbury Docks) to Southampton, Gibraltar, Marseille (return only), Naples, Port Said, transit of the Suez Canal, Aden (Yemen), Bombay, Colombo (Ceylon), Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney.
Himalaya, at that time, was the fastest and largest ship P&O had ever owned with a top speed of 25 knots which allowed her to become a record breaker as well as cut the UK to Bombay passage by 5 days. She reduced the overall voyage to Australia from 38 days to just 28.