RMS The Viceroy of India: silent star of The Merry Millionaire.

 

RMS Viceroy of India, under steam.

RMS Viceroy of India, under steam.

The intention of this simple post is to give you just the merest glimpse of the luxury afforded Ron and Mervyn once they boarded RMS Viceroy of India, that winters day back in January 1937. A familiar sight to Mervyn, since two years previously his millionaire friend Ronald Fry had treated Mervyn and his friends, Teddy and Mickey, to a fortnight’s cruise of the Norwegian fjords in the very same ship, the hilarious consequences observed in my novel, The Merry Millionaire.

Viceroy of India in the suez canal

RMS Viceroy of India navigating the Suez Canal

It was little wonder then that Ron chose the Viceroy to convey Mervyn and himself to Egypt, since he knew her even better than Mervyn due to his previous cruise of the South Atlantic in 1934.

RMS Viceroy of India winter cruise advertisement.

RMS Viceroy of India winter cruise advertisement.

The Music Room on RMS Viceroy of India

The Music Room on RMS Viceroy of India and scene of many gay fancy dress balls and concert parties during Ron and Mervyn’s time aboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The snobbish, spoiled, working class, Mervyn Watson would have oggled at the splendid opulence of his surroundings as he dined in the George V dining saloon or reluctantly danced the tango with the amorous Miss Plunket Dillon encircled by the Georgian pilasters of the Music Room. Here Mervyn cavorted with his friends, Mickey and Teddy, as they amused the other passengers in their hilarious fancy dress costumes.

Fun and Games on The Viceroy, July 1935

Fun and Games on The Viceroy, July 1935

Who might Mervyn be behind the false beards and fancy headdresses?

 

 

A sample menu

A sample menu of what Mervyn and Ron may have partaken at luncheon or dinner.

 

 

 

The grand George V Dining Room aboard the Viceroy of India.

The grand George V Dining Room aboard the Viceroy of India.

 

 

 

 

Might Mervyn have partaken of some of the delicacies seen here in these Peninsular and Orient menus in the grand George V Dining Room?

Deck E and the Roman swimming pool on the Viceroy of India

Deck E and the Roman swimming pool on the Viceroy of India

Then taken a plunge in the Pompeiian swimming pool down on E Deck.

 

The Jacobean Smoking Room on RMS Viceroy of India

The Jacobean Smoking Room on RMS Viceroy of India

Far better to join his friend Ron for scotch and sodas in the austere splendour of the Jacobean Smoking Room, gazing at the crossed sabres over the mantle piece while sucking on the best Havana cigar.

Might this be Mervyn's first class suite on RMS Viceroy of India?

Might this be Mervyn’s first class suite on RMS Viceroy of India?

Then to his bed in the adjoining suite to Ron’s, the splash of sea spray on their portholes heard through the separating door, the gentle purr of the latest electric turbine engines the merest vibration through his cotton flock mattress. However, all this luxury and decadence can sometimes spoil a chap, as we are about to discover as The Viceroy silently sails on.

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