In 1891, P & O commissioned the artist William Whitelock Lloyd to draw pen and ink sketches that could be sold to the passengers as a keepsake for their voyage. The journey used by William for his inspiration was that of the SS Himalaya as it travelled from Southampton to India via the Suez Canal in 1891. The pictures give a good insight into life on board ship showing the difficulties of dressing, eating and the stifling heat that meant that many passengers moved their mattresses up on deck to try and get some relief from the oppressive heat. Click the images below for larger versions of the pictures.

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