City of Westminster in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company - known today as P&O - grew from a partnership between an Englishman, Brodie McGhie Willcox and a Shetlander, Arthur Anderson. In 1837 their Peninsular Steam shipping service between England and the Iberian Peninsula, set up with the help of an Irishman, Richard Bourne, won the first ever deep-sea mail contract.
In 1840, the company was incorporated by Royal Charter, added Oriental to its name and began a service to Egypt. Using the overland route which existed before the Suez Canal, services to India, the Far East and Australia were established during the next 12 years.
For a century P&O mail and passenger steamers were the backbone of British trade and expansion East of Suez, served the forces of the Crown in wartime and reputedly gave the word ‘posh’ to the English language - from port side outward (to India), starboard homeward, indicating the better, cooler cabins during the passage of the Red Sea.
In the first half of the Twentieth Century a series of acquisitions of other shipping companies extended P&O's interests into most parts of the globe and made it one of the largest shipping combines in the world. After the Second World War the company diversified its fleet and developed shipping-related businesses including agencies, port operations and road
In the 1970s and ‘80's P&O extended its interests into construction, housebuilding, property investment and development and a variety of service industries, but remained pre-eminent in British shipping. P&O ships still fly the quartered houseflag that dates back to its foundations, incorporating the royal colours of Portugal and Spain.
Location. 51° 30.386′ N, 0° 7.904′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Waterloo Place and Carlton House Terrace, on the right when traveling south on Waterloo Place. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of Westminster, England SW1Y 5AJ, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duke of York Column (a few steps from this marker); John First Lord Lawrence (a few steps from this marker); John Fox Burgoyne (a few steps from this marker); Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); William Ewart Gladstone (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Falcon Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park (1892 - 1975) (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal Artillery South Africa Memorial (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
More about this marker. The marker shows monuments and buildings along Waterloo Place
Also see . . .
1. P&O Heritage Site. (Submitted on May 27, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 26, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. DP World. In 2006, The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) was acquired by DP World (formerly Dubai Port) (Submitted on May 27, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.