|Owner:||Orient Line (P & O)|
|Port of registry:||Tilbury, Essex, United Kingdom|
|Builder:||Vickers Armstrong Ltd. at Barrow-in-Furness, England|
|Maiden voyage:||June 1929|
|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 shaft horsepower (15,000 kW)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
SS Orontes was a passenger ship owned by Orient Line.
Its sister ships were Orama (II), Orford, Oronsay, and Otranto (II). Orontes was the last of the "Orama" Class and great effort was taken to make the public rooms of Orontes the best of this class. The name had previously belonged to the RMS Orontes, an earlier ship owned by the Orient Line.
Orontes maiden voyage was a Mediterranean Cruise in June 1929. From 1929 to 1940, it served on the England to Australia route. It carried the England cricket team on the way to the Bodyline tour in 1932.
At the end of World War II Orontes was used to return Prisoners of War from Australian camps back to Europe.
The ship was refitted as a single class passenger ship at Thornycroft 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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