P 614 - P & O

Length Height Weight Packaging
5.61 in (14.3 cm) 0.88 in (2.23 cm) 69 gm (2.45 oz) Window Box

This is the Tri-ang Minic Ships model of a P&O general cargo ship of the 1960's / 1970's similar to the MV Westmorland built by Lithgows Ltd of Port Glasgow in 1966 for Federal Steam Navigation Co Ltd and close sister ships MV Taupo, MV Tekoa and MV Tongariro built by Bartrams of Sunderland in 1966/7 for the New Zealand Shipping Company.

During the 20th century P&O acquired controlling interests in a number of other shipping companies including the New Zealand Shipping Company, which in turn owned the Federal Steam Navigation Company, and the Orient Steam Navigation Company (Orient Line).

In the early 1970's P&O undertook a major reoganisation dividing its operations into five operating divisions known as Bulk Shipping, General Cargo, Passenger, European & Air Transport, and General Holdings.

The model is finished in the livery adopted by P&O General Cargo Division a combination of the traditional P&O blue funnel and the corn coloured hull of Orient Line.

The casting is a C4-S-1a Mariner Class break bulk cargo ship designed and built in the early 1950's as a replacement for World War II era Liberty / Victory ships.

The model is marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, "Modern Edition", model number P 610, and the description "Mariner Class Cargo Ship".

MV Piako - LOA 148.8 m / Beam 20.2 m / Displacement 10,290 Deadweight tons
Built 1961 by Alexander Stephen & Sons of Linthouse, Glasgow

Photograph courtesy of Dr Allan Ryszka-Onions


Name: MV Westmorland IMO 6522725
Owner: P&O - General Cargo Division
Builders: Lithgows, Port Glasgow, Scotland - Yard No. 1158
Launched: 9 September 1965
Displacement: 11,858 deadweight tons
Length (OA): 527 ft 7 ins ( 160.8 m )
Beam: 71 ft 2 ins ( 21.7 m )
Draft: 30 ft 4 ins ( 9.25 m )
Propulsion: 8 cylinder Sulzer diesel 2SA generating 17,600 bhp driving a
single shaft / screw
Maximum Speed: 19.5 knots
Cargo Capacity:  
History: 1980 - Oceanic Shipping, Lebanon renamed MV Fares Reefer
1981 - Dunstan Shipping Company, Hong Kong renamed MV Beacon Hill
Disposal: 1985 - scrapped Huangpu, China
Similar Ships:

(Bartram & Sons)
MV Taupo
MV Tekoa
MV Tongariro
IMO 6521410
IMO 6608878
IMO 6622575

Further details can be obtained from the following links -
MV Westmorland Clydeside Database Website
MV Piako Clydeside Database Website