6 October – SS Chusan

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The SS Chusan, a British ocean liner and cruise ship, was constructed in 1950 for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company’s Indian and Far East Service. Its name was derived from Chusan, a small island near China. The Chusan had a gross register tonnage of 24,215 and could accommodate 1,565 passengers and crew members. Measuring 646.5 feet (197.1 m) in length, the Chusan is credited with introducing higher levels of onboard luxury for voyages to India and the Far East. Notably, it was the final passenger liner built for P & O by Vickers-Armstrongs.

In 1950, the Chusan commenced its service, embarking on its maiden voyage from London, England to Bombay, India. Prior to this, it undertook two “shake-down” trips, both exclusively for first-class passengers, with one lasting a week and the other a fortnight, visiting Lisbon, Casablanca, and Madeira. Throughout most of its operational years, the Chusan transported passengers between London, Bombay, and Japan, and starting in 1963, it also included routes to Sydney, Australia. Its service came to an end in 1973, at which point it was sold for scrap to Chou’s Iron and Steel Company Ltd. in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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