A Tale Of Two ARCADIAs In Victoria

ARCADIA of 1954 models off the bow of the current ARCADIA at Victoria, B.C. Photo and copyright Greg van der Krogt 2011.

Greg van der Krogt of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada was kind enough to contribute the following post:

May 22, 2010:  The latest P&O liner ARCADIA called for the first time at Ogden Point en route to California from Alaska.

P&O were major players in Alaska cruising in the 70’s with the PACIFIC, ISLAND and SUN PRINCESSes, which become famous in the television show “The Love Boat”.  Prior to that, P&O’s 1951-built ORONSAY and the 1954-built ARCADIA sailed Alaskan waters for a few summer seasons.  In 1973 and 1974, the line also operated the 1972-built SPIRIT OF LONDON (later SUN PRINCESS) in Alaska cruising before it purchased Princess Cruises.

Before P&O acquired Princess Cruises, the line (now owned by the Carnival Corporation) wanted the name ISLAND PRINCESS but it was taken by a BC Ferry vessel.  King Bros (Shipping Agents) in Victoria negotiated the transfer of the name ISLAND PRINCESS from BC Ferries to Princess Cruises.  Later, P&O gifted the beautiful builder’s model of the ARCADIA (1954-1979) to the museum.  The model was delivered to Victoria aboard the PACIFIC PRINCESS during her maiden call on Saturday, June 21, 1975.

The model, now valued in the multiple tens of thousands of dollars, was brought out to greet the latest ARCADIA on her maiden call to Victoria.  The 1/120th scale model was built by noted model engineers Bassett-Lowke.  Interestingly, Bassett-Lowke has recently installed model railways aboard the P&O liner VENTURA.

Senior P&O officers from the current ARCADIA pose between their command and the model of the ship's 1954-built predecessor. Photo and copyright Greg van der Krogt 2011.

The present ARCADIA’s Chief Engineer served his cadet time aboard the old ARCADIA in the early 70’s and remembered her fondly (he is one at the left in the photo).

With special thanks to Greg van der Krogt for the images and text.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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