SS Oronsay (1951)

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Career (UK)
Name: SS Oronsay
Owner: Orient Steam Navigation Company
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness
Cost: £4,228,000
Yard number: 976
Laid down: 1949
Launched: 30 June 1950
Sponsored by: Mrs A. Anderson
Acquired: 3 May 1951
In service: 16 May 1951
Out of service: 28 September 1975
Fate: Scrapped, 1975
General characteristics [2]
Type: Cargo-passenger ship
Tonnage: 27,632 GRT
10,063 DWT[1]
Length: 708 ft 8 in (216.00 m) o/a
699 ft 10 in (213.31 m) p/p[1]
Beam: 93 ft 6 in (28.50 m)
Draught: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: Parsons Marine steam turbines, 42,500 shp (31,692 kW)
2 screws
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
  • As built:
  • 1,551 passengers
  • 668 × First class
  • 883 × Tourist class
  • From 1972:
  • 1,400 passengers
  • also 370,000 cubic feet (10,000 m3) for dry and refrigerated cargoes
Crew: 622

SS Oronsay was the second Orient Line ship built after World War II. A sister ship to Orcades, she was named after one of many islands called Oronsay on the west coast of Scotland.[2]

The liner was completed in 1951 at Vickers-Armstrongs, Barrow-in-Furness; but several months behind schedule due to a serious fire while in the fitting-out berth. The Oronsay operated the UK to Australasia service, via the Suez Canal until 1953. Her accommodation set new standards, in both first and tourist class, with decor by Brian O'Rourke. In 1960 the Orient Line was absorbed into P&O and Oronsay continued as a cruise ship, but, with declining passenger numbers, she was broken up in 1975. Oronsay was the ship used in the British comedy film Carry On Cruising.[2]

Famous passengers[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "ORONSAY". Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Goossens, Reuben. "SS Oronsay". Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "British migrants - Selection documents for free or assisted passage (Commonwealth nominees)". National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
    NAA citation "NAA: A1877, 07/09/1960 ORONSAY ABBOTT R H".
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