“Murder on the High Seas.” Thomas Thornton lowered his newspaper to glance at his daughter. “That’s what it says here in the newspaper,” he told her, before he read the article aloud. “The SS Strathnaver out of London via Bombay and Colombo docked in Melbourne yesterday.”
Image from the Internet
Gross Registered Tonnage 22,547 tons
Length x Width 664 feet x 80 feet
Builder and Year of Build Vickers-Armstrongs of Barrow – 1932
First Class + Tourist Accommodation 498 + 670 persons : Total 1,168 passengers
Ultimate Fate Broken up at Hong Kong in 1962
As you can see, the Stathnaver was built in 1932. I moved it forward a few years for the sake of my story to 1929.
It’s a fast growing evergreen flowering shrub for tropical or sub-tropical gardens. Mine is flowering profusely at the moment. It flowers from December through until about June or July. It has gorgeous red flowers, big green leaves which are beautiful too. It grows to about 3 metre high.
The first of the two is in flower. It’s such a bright, vibrant colour. Bromeliads are easy to grow. Many have patterned leaves, such as the second photo with pink flecks on the green and cream leaves.
Impatiens. I grow most of mine in pots to cope with the heavy rain we get during summer in my sub-tropical garden, otherwise they could rot in the ground.
A Croton. Crotons do flower but the flowers are insignificant. The shrub is all about the coloured leaves. They develop their best colours in bright light.