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Britains luxury cruise liner Canberra sets sail from Southampton with its cargo of

Britains luxury cruise liner Canberra sets sail from Southampton with its cargo of troops heading to the Falkland Islands, prepared for war. Shipyard workers have turned the sun-trap decks into helicopter pads. Windbreaks have been ripped down. But other changes aimed at turning this flagship of the P&O line into a troop-carrier are secret. 9th April 1982

Henbury
Sunday Mirror
Mirrorpix
Southampton
England
DM 82 1891

Media ID 21850327

© Mirrorpix

3 Commando Brigade Argentine British Armed Forces Falklands Falklands Conflict Falklands Crisis Falklands War Invade Invasion Leaving Ocean Liner Southampton Ss Canberra 1982


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Steeped in history, this print captures the iconic luxury cruise liner Canberra as it embarks on a momentous journey from Southampton's shores. The year is 1982, and amidst escalating tensions in the Falkland Islands, this majestic vessel has been transformed into a formidable troop-carrier ready for war. As she sets sail with her precious cargo of troops heading towards the South Atlantic conflict zone, one cannot help but marvel at the sheer magnitude of this undertaking. Shipyard workers have meticulously converted the sun-drenched decks into helicopter pads, while windbreaks have been forcefully torn down to accommodate military operations. However, hidden beneath these visible alterations lie secret modifications aimed at enhancing her role as a flagship of P&O line turned war vessel. The atmosphere onboard is undoubtedly charged with anticipation and determination as Britain braces itself for what lies ahead. With 3 Commando Brigade aboard and armed forces prepared for battle, SS Canberra becomes an emblematic symbol of national unity and resilience during these testing times. This photograph encapsulates not only a significant chapter in British history but also showcases the unwavering spirit that defines our nation when faced with adversity. Henbury's expert lens immortalizes this pivotal moment in time when an ocean liner gracefully transforms into a vital instrument of warfare – leaving behind Southampton's harbor bound for destiny amidst turbulent waters.

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