SS Orca Archival Collection

Orca (1918) Royal Mail Line (British)

Built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. Tonnage: 16,063. Dimensions: 550' x 57'. Triple-screw, 15 knots. Triple expansion engines and one low pressure steam turbine. Two masts and one funnel. Service: Began trans-Atlantic service in January 1923. Renamed: Calgaric (1927). White Star Line. Fate: Scrapped in 1935. Note: The Royal Mail Line operated a North Atlantic passenger service to New York from 1921 to 1927. In this service they employed the liners Orbita, Orca, Orduna, Oropesa and Ohio.

 

Front Cover of 1923 Brochure "Cabin Liners to Europe" from the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company.

1923 - RMSP Cabin Liners to Europe

Believed to be one of the earliest brochures produced by the RMSP to promote their newly acquired ships Orbita, Orca, and Orduña, in 1923 provides numerous interior photographs. The ships were only operated by RMSP for 3 years before being resold to the PSNCo in 1926.

 

1923-12-19 Passenger Manifest for the SS Orca

1923-12-19 SS Orca Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (R.M.S.P.)
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 19 December 1923
  • Route: Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain E. Clarke

 

1924-07-06 Passenger Manifest for the SS Orca

1924-07-06 SS Orca Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (R.M.S.P.)
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 6 July 1924
  • Route: Hamburg for Quebec and New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain J. E. P. Matthews

 

1926-06-19 Passenger Manifest for the SS Orca

1926-06-19 SS Orca Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (R.M.S.P.)
  • Steamship: SS Orca
  • Class of Passengers: Student Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 19 June 1926
  • Route: New York to Southampton via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. A. Le Brecht

 

1926-07-30 Passenger Manifest for the SS Orca

1926-07-30 SS Orca Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (R.M.S.P.)
  • Class of Passengers: Student Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 30 July 1926
  • Route: Southampton for New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. A. Le Brecht

 

Front Cover - SS Orca Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare - 8 August 1926

1926-08-08 SS Orca Farwell Dinner Menu

Vintage Student-Tourist Saloon Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare and Music Program from 8 August 1926 on board the SS Orca of the RMSP featured Poached Halibut, Oyster Sauce, Sirloin of Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, and Vanilla Blancmange and Fruit for dessert.

 

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