SS Orontes Archival Collection

Orontes (1902) Orient Line (British)

Built by Fairfield Shipbuilding Go., Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 9,028. Dimensions: 513' x 58'. Twin-screw, 18 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Two masts and one funnel. The first Orient Line ship to be fitted with quadruple expansion engines. Two double-ended and four single-ended boilers. 10,000 I.H.P. Steam pressure 215 lbs. per sq. inch. Service: England-Australia, via Suez. Passengers: 320 first and 320 third class. War Service: Converted to troopship in 1916 and after the war resumed regular service. Fate: Scrapped in 1926. Note: Somewhat similar in appearance to the Omrah.

Orontes (1929) Orient Line (British)

Built by Vickers-Armstrongs, Ltd., Barrow, England. Tonnage: 20,186. Dimensions: 638' x 75' (663' o.l.). Twin- screw, 20 knots. Steam turbines. Two masts and two funnels. Launched in February 1929. Service: Entered the London- Australia service, via Suez Canal, October 1929. Passengers: 502 first, 1,112 tourist. Crew: 464. War Service: Converted to troopship during World War II. Thoroughly reconditioned after performing her war duties. Post-War Service: Resumed regular service in June 1948. Refits: Accommodation changed to provide for 1,370 in single class. Fate: Scrapped in 1962. Similar ships: Orama, Or ford, Oronsay and Otranto.

Front Cover, Brochure from the Orient-Royal Mail Line of Steamers

1906 - Orient-Royal Mail Line of Steamers

Rare 1906 passenger information brochure from the Orient-Royal Mail Line that carried passengers and mail betwen the UK and Australia, the voyage taking about 33 days each way. Photographs and important passenger information was included. Featured Ship: SS Orontes.