Sailing East Dvd: P&O & Orient Lines Post Merger

Amateur Film.

P&O & Orient Lines Post Merger (1959 - 1966).

With original cine footage - much of which has never been published before - and an informative commentary from Joe himself, the films will take you on an unforgettable voyage back in time.

All the footage in his films was originally taken by amateurs - often crew members - on 8mm or 16mm cine cameras.

Hence the quality is sometimes variable.

Nevertheless the films are an authentic record of how it actually was - rather than how the shipping companies would like to portray it in publicity films.

In 1959 P&O acquired a majority shareholding in the Orient Steam Navigation Company, but the two lines continued to operate separately providing services to Australia and the Far East.

In 1954 the Orient Line extended its service to the West Coast of North America and the P&O joined this service under the banner of the Orient and Pacific Line.

It was decided in 1959 to merge the two companies and P&O acquired most of the remaining shares of the Orient Line.

The shipping line was then re-titled the P&O – Orient Line and this title remained until 1966 when it reverted to P&O.

This film covers the period of that merger using film most of which has never been seen before.

It has been edited and produced by Joe Clark who was himself at sea at the time of the merger and for a few years thereafter.

'Sailing East' features footage of the following ships:

Orcades, Oronsay, Orsova, Oriana, Chitral, Cathay, Chusan, Arcadia, Iberia and Canberra.

Approx. 57 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner - Joe Clark Films.

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