SS Orcades (1947)
Orcades leaving Southampton, Christmas Eve 1967
|Port of registry:||London|
|Route:||UK – Australia via Suez, later transpacific and via Panama Canal to UK (also cruises)|
|Builder:||Vickers Armstrongs(Shipbuilders) Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness, England|
|Launched:||14 Oct 1947|
|Completed:||14 Nov 1948|
|Maiden voyage:||14 Dec 1948|
|Out of service:||13 Oct 1972|
|Identification:||IMO number: 5264247|
|Fate:||Broken up 1973, Kaohsiung, Taiwan|
|Tonnage:||As built: 28,164 GRT; 1959: 28,396 GRT; 1964: 28,399 GRT|
|Length:||709ft (216.1 m)|
|Beam:||90.6ft (25.0 m)|
|Draught:||31ft (9.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||Geared turbines, twin screws|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h) service speed|
|Capacity:||As built, 773 1st class, 772 tourist class (1959, 631 1st class, 734 tourist class. 1964, 1,635 tourist class)|
|Notes:||Originally corn coloured hull; white from 1964 refit|
SS Orcades was an ocean liner serving primarily the UK – Australia – New Zealand route. She started service as a British Royal Mail Ship (RMS) carrying first and tourist class passengers. Orcades carried many migrants to Australia and New Zealand  and was later used as a cruise ship. "Orcades" is the Latin name for the Orkney Islands.
Built at the Barrow-in-Furness yard of Vickers-Armstrong, Orcades (yard no. 950) had an identical hull and machinery to P&O's Himalaya (yard no. 951), but differed in superstructure and interior layout. The vessel's near-sister ships were Oronsay and Orsova
In 1952 Orcades was fitted with a 'top hat' funnel extension to clear smoke from the after decks. On 7 May 1952, she ran aground in Port Philip Bay half a mile off Rosebud Pier, Victoria, Australia. She was refloated and returned to service.
Orcades was refitted in 1959 and 1964. In the 1964 refit, Orcades became a single-class vessel and her hull colour changed from "Orient corn" to white.
- Post World War II Migrant Ships: Orcades, Museums Victoria
- Encyclopædia Britannica Archived 2009-07-12 at the Wayback Machine
- "The Orcades Aground". The Times (52305). London. 7 May 1952. col C, p. 6.
- "ORCADES RELEASED FROM SANDBAR". The Dubbo Liberal And Macquarie Advocate. 41, (377). New South Wales, Australia. 8 May 1952. p. 3. Retrieved 23 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Orcades Refloated". The Central Queensland Herald. 21, (1204). Queensland, Australia. 8 May 1952. p. 7. Retrieved 23 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- Latimer, David W (2002) Passenger ships of the 20th century: an illustrated encyclopedia, p. 259, Colourpoint Books ISBN 1-898392-70-6
- Museum Victoria
- Ocean liner museum
- Photographs and deck plans
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