|Owner:||Orient Line (P & O)|
|Port of registry:||Tilbury, Essex, United Kingdom|
|Route:||England - Australia (1929-1940)
England - Australia (1948-1962)
|Builder:||Vickers Armstrong Ltd. at Barrow-in-Furness, England|
|Maiden voyage:||June 1929|
|Identification:||Code Letters and radio callsign GBXM
|Fate:||Scrapped at Valencia, Spain in 1962|
|Length:||664 ft (202 m)|
|Beam:||75 ft 2 in (22.91 m)|
|Draft:||29 ft 8 in (9.04 m)|
|Installed power:||2 steam turbines, 20,000 SHP|
|Capacity:||1st: 500 passengers
3rd: 1,112 passengers
Total: 1,612 passengers
The SS Orontes was a passenger ship owned by Orient Line.
Its sister ships were Orama (II), Orford, Oronsay, and Otranto (II). Orontes the last of the "Orama" Class and great effort was taken to make the public rooms of Orontes the best of this class.
The Orontes' maiden voyage was a Mediterranean Cruise in June 1929. From 1929 to 1940, it served on the England to Australia route. Famous passengers included the England cricket team on the way to the Bodyline tour in 1932.
|Date & Place of Engagement||Date & Place of Discharge||Main Destination|
|17/09/1932 - Tilbury||Unknown||Australia|
|30/03/1945 - Liverpool||6/9/1945 - Tilbury||Unknown|
|07/09/1945 - Tilbury||14/12/1945 - Tilbury||Unknown|
|15/12/1945 - Tilbury||20/5/1946 - Tilbury||Unknown|
|21/05/1946 - Tilbury||10/9/1946 - Tilbury||Unknown|
The ship was refitted as a single class passenger ship at Thorneycroft from 1947 to 1948 . It served on the England to Australia route from 1948 to 1962. In March 1958, Orontes was involved in a collision with SS Empire Baltic in the River Thames. The Orontes was scrapped at Valencia, Spain in 1962.
- Geddes, FL (1948-06-24), "The Reconditioned "Orontes"", Shipbuilding and Shipping Record: 774 - article about the post-war refit
- McCart, Neil (1987), Passenger Ships of the Orient Line, P. Stephens, ISBN 978-0-85059-891-9
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