By Andrew Vine
Enormous and tremendous white, P&O's flagship the SS Canberra was once a last salute to a bygone period of opulence at the same time she launched into her maiden voyage, For a decade she carried passengers among Britain and Australia, a 90-day voyage of pampering and decadence. yet in March 1982, Britain went to battle to protect the Falkland Islands and the SS Canberra came upon herself, surreally, requisitioned as a troop send to hold the Marines and Paratroops into battle.
Against all odds she surived, enjoying an essential position as a health facility send, on the finish of the conflict she arrived again in Southampton to a heroes welcome, the place she turned fondly referred to as the nice White Whale.
This is the extreme and, as but, untold tale of the way the workforce of a luxurious ocean liner: waiters, chefs, nurses and cleaners, came upon themselves without notice thrust onto front line. a really unusual solution to visit conflict is a candid and desirable tale, drawing from first hand money owed and formerly unpublished records, of the heroic braveness of normal British women and men within the face of significant adversity, on the outpost of empire.
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A Very Strange Way to Go to War: The Canberra in the Falklands by Andrew Vine