Life at sea in the 1960s...

Post date: Feb 26, 2013 9:1:9 PM

Like the earlier videos produced by Captain Welch, this one will be of interest to anyone who has been at sea, and those who have seen the industry from the shore and wondering what life was like for seafarers.  Joe has captured a time which is now part of our history, that time before mass air travel and globalisation (before every young cadet had "a McDonalds' Big mac in every port"!)   Friends, family and historians will enjoy watching the show...

This video picks up the story where Part 1 left off, covering Joe's time as a junior officer on various P&O passenger liners in the mid to late-1960s.  His collection of photographs, drawings and paintings include images of the 1937-built ss Stratheden through to the much-loved ss Canberra.   In addition to the ships themselves and the ports they call in, there are photographs of passengers and crew.  The 'cargo' we see ranges from pedigree dogs through to a 'Mr Whippy' ice cream van!

Captain Joe Welch has produced the video for Part 2 of his story of life at sea with P&O in the 1960s:

P&O Days - Part 2, Life in the P&O Fleet circa 1960's - A young officer's pictorial record

 4th Officer Joe Welch on the 

ss Stratheden


The ss Ballarat in heavy seas 

in the Bay of Biscay


The 'Great White Whale', P&OSNCo's ss Canberra


For the full review of the new video and to find out how to order your own copy, please click on the link above.  For reviews of the other four videos, please visit the PONLHeritage Shop.    

Captain Welch has now produced five videos in total, the first three covering his time on container vessels under the Overseas Containers Limited, P&O Containers and P&O Nedlloyd flag.  For UK destinations the all-in price for a single video is £10 and all profits from each sale are donated to the Mission to Seafarers charity.


Until now the videos have been offered in DVD form but with many people no longer having access to a suitable DVD player, Captain Welch has decided to switch to using USB/memory sticks.  The price of £10 per video with all profits going to the Mission to Seafarers charity remains unchanged.

As of 01/02/2023 Joe advises that nearly £2,000 has been donated to the Mission.

Updated 02/02/2023