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Rajula at Madras

Rajula ‘a real steam ship’ in print as ‘Rajula at Madras, was a very popular much loved British India Steam Navigation Company ship builtat Glasgow; Rajula_at_Madras_5inch_at_300dpi_quality80.jpgan interestingmessage arrived from D.M., parts kindly reproduced here with his permission asking:

Rajula, “Could you advise me of the price please as I couldn’t track it down on your site”.

I apologised for the inconvenience.

Following a necessary major upgrade of the web site the links and Paypal buttons on the Print gallery page have disconnected and the page layout has altered its self…

We are working for a solution.

D.M. wrote ”My Father was a Chief Engineer with BI and sailed with the Rajula in the 1950s as a 3rd engineer and then as Chief Engineer from 1969 through 1971

I would love a print for my BI collection and also another …     grandfather and his BI and in particular Rajula stories”

We agreed delivery early November.

“It will give me time to sort out some background Rajula details … … serving officer lists for the 1960s and copy discharge notice for the 50’s showing my her grandfathers connections with probably the most famous BI ship.

I am looking forward to putting my copy alongside the drawing of the Rajula which was done in 1971 by AJ Smythe who was a BI and P&O draughtsman and a friend of my father”.


Painting merchant ships is of special interest and pleasure for me.

I think our merchant marine has never really had the wider appreciation it deserves.

Many years have passed since I painted Rajula.

This picture is something of a favourite with many including myself and Robin Knox-Johnston, as is a series of other British Steam Navigation Co ships, thanks to the Internet we can all enjoy those fine ships and for the moment, prints are still available.


All our prints are sent by recorded Royal Mail / La Poste, insured, to be signed for.

We advise clients when the prints are despatched and give the post office a contact phone number.

You can quickly purchase one of these rare copies using Paypal on our Payment Page.