SS Oronsay (1951)
- For other ships of the same name, see List of ships named Oronsay.
|Owner:||Orient Steam Navigation Company|
|Launched:||30 June 1950|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs A. Anderson|
|Acquired:||3 May 1951|
|In service:||16 May 1951|
|Out of service:||28 September 1975|
|General characteristics |
|Length:||708 ft 8 in (216.00 m) o/a
699 ft 10 in (213.31 m) p/p
|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)
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
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.
- Tony Abbott, the 28th Prime Minister of Australia, aged two, emigrated to Australia with his family aboard the Oronsay in 1960.
- Musician David Bowie travelled on the Oronsay from San Francisco to Yokohama in March/April 1973.
- Michael Ondaatje's 2011 novel The Cat's Table is a fictionalised account of the author's childhood voyage in 1954 from Ceylon to Britain on board the Oronsay.
- "ORONSAY". shipspotting.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- Goossens, Reuben. "SS Oronsay". ssmaritime.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- "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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