By Andrew Vine
Colossal and extraordinary white, P&O's flagship the SS Canberra used to be 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 conflict to guard the Falkland Islands and the SS Canberra stumbled on herself, surreally, requisitioned as a troop send to hold the Marines and Paratroops into battle.
Against all odds she surived, taking part in a necessary function as a clinic send, on the finish of the battle she arrived again in Southampton to a heroes welcome, the place she turned fondly often called the good 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, stumbled on themselves all of sudden thrust onto front line. a truly unusual solution to visit battle is a candid and alluring tale, drawing from first hand debts and formerly unpublished records, of the heroic braveness of standard British women and men within the face of serious adversity, on the outpost of empire.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