Monarch of Bermuda (1931); Merchant vessel; Passenger liner

Scale: 1:48. The model shows a ‘dumpy’ looking ship, on the large side of average, but looking bigger than it really was with its triple funnel arrangement. It is intricately made and highly detailed. One can see, for example, poultry pens, tables and chairs set out on verandas, a high-fenced area for deck ball games such as tennis, and ornate ballustrading. Towards the stern of the ship, there is ample uninterrupted deck space.

'Monarch of Bermuda' (1931) was, quite literally, a first-class ship, having provision for 830 first-class passengers only. She was built by Vickers-Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle, for Furness, Withy & Co, with two masts, three funnels, and four propellers and registered at Hamilton, Bermuda, and employed on the New York – Bermuda service. In 1939 it was converted to a troopship and operated by the Ministry of War Transport. Among other wartime exploits, it took part in the Norway campaign, shipped Britain's gold reserves to Halifax, Canada, and was involved in the invasion of North Africa.

During its re-conversion at Newcastle in 1947, it was virtually destroyed by fire and towed, a burnt-out hulk, to the Firth of Forth. It was rebuilt with one funnel and accommodation for 1,600 single-class passengers. Acquired by the Ministry of Transport as an emigrant ship and renamed ‘New Australia’ it was used on the UK – Australia emigrant service. In 1958 it was sold to the Greek Line, renamed ‘Arkadia’ and re-fitted to carry 150 first- and 1,150 tourist-class passengers. In December 1966 it arrived at Valencia for scrapping.

Object Details

ID: SLR0026
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Vickers Armstrong Limited
Vessels: Monarch of Bermuda (1931)
Date made: circa 1931
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. On Loan from BAE Systems
Measurements: Overall model and case: 1820 x 4190 x 910 mm; Base: 456 x 4105 x 822 mm

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