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Plan - SS Orontes, Orient Line, 1954 Document Reg. No: HT 13791

Detailed plan and map of the SS Orontes issued by the Orient Line, 1954. The plan depicts deck A to deck G. It was given to Percival Alfred (Pat) Thomas prior to travelling on the SS Orontes, in 1955. Pat migrated to Australia in 1955, on the voyage he struck up a friendship with Amy McCloskey, who was returning home from a year's working holiday in England, the pair had dinner together every night on the voyage. Most of the immigrants on the voyage were put in the bottom half of the ship but Pat was on E Deck like Amy because he had paid his own fare. In Melbourne Pat left the ship, to stay with a cousin, and Amy returned home to Sydney, they corresponded and Pat visited Amy in Sydney. They were married in 1958 and lived in Noble Park. They had two children and often returned to England by ship for holidays.
Detailed plan and map of the SS Orontes.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Amy Thomas, 2005
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: immigration, immigrant voyages, shipping lines, immigrant shipping, english immigration, shipping industry, ship memorabilia, ss orontes 1959, lowest passenger desk h, ss orontes 1958
Themes this item is part of: Pat Thomas, English Migrant, & Amy McCloskey, 1955, Migration Collection, Transport Collection, Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1879-1909
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: plans
Inscriptions: Text: ORIENT LINE/S.S. ORONTES/20,000 TONS/ONE CLASS ACCOMODATION/Owners: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited.
Manufactured For: Orient Line, London, England, Great Britain, 1954
User: Mr Percival Thomas, 1955
Place & Date Used: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1955


Heather Berry (MacDonald) Posted on 25 Jun 2014 8:52 AM
I sailed on the Orontes from Sydney to Tilbury on her last voyage in January 1962 and while touring in Valencia, Spain saw her at the scrap yards. Very sad. A wonderful 7 weeks and met many intersting people, 2 of which I still have contact with.
David Pearson Posted on 29 Oct 2014 6:52 AM
I am a South African who did the colonial experience to UK in 1961. I served as a table waiter on the Orontes final voyage. On the outward voyage most passengers were Ten Pound Poms and on return I had two young Oz girls (one named Yvonne) also going to the Overseas Visitors Club. They shared a table with the Irish assistant surgeon. I had hoped to be chosen for the trip to the breakers in Valencia as the pay was good and I would have stayed in Spain a while. My monthly pay was 36 pounds ten shillings, but overtime came to 296 hours at four shillings an hour. Enough to get back to SA plus.
Linette Reynolds Posted on 10 Dec 2014 3:52 AM
I also sailed on the last voyage of the Orontes. I have done many sea voyages in the intervening years, but none has come up to the standard of service experienced on this first trip, let alone table manners and dress code. Sadly those glory days are gone forever.
F.Quilis Garcia Posted on 25 Dec 2014 2:29 AM
saben Vds.quien fabrico los pianos que llevo el orontes 2,gracias.
Sandra Rosewall nee Smith Posted on 14 Mar 2015 9:02 AM
I remember coming to Australia leaving Tilbury Docks around June 10th 1959 arriving in Australia on July 13th, we had gone through a rough sea voyage in the Red Sea and lost our Ship's Cook (he died of a fever somewhere around Aden) he had been buried at Sea I remember seeing his casket being slid off into the ocean,the casket had been covered by the Union Jack; I was a very young girl, this was 1959, it was a very beautiful Fremantle which welcomed us, however we stayed on the ship until reaching Melbourne where it was very cold, wet and windy, we had to run to catch the bus which was taking us to the Hostel in Nunawading, I will never forget the wonderful crew and hospitality shown to us when we were onboard this magnificent ship.Anyone who sailed with us would most definitely have agreed, the service offerred to us was second to none. I was 9yrs old at the time and I can still remember vividly those days onboard the SS Orontes.
Pamela Collier née Thorpe Posted on 19 Mar 2015 8:23 PM
I was 6 years old when we left Tilbury dock bound for New Zealand. I had 2 older sisters Anita and Glynis. We left Enland in May 1955 on board the SS Orantes. I have very fond memories of our 6 week voyage to Fremantle. Would be so nice to meet up with anyone who was on that voyage.
Richard Moss Posted on 20 Apr 2015 5:02 PM
I Sailed on the Orontes. We Left Tilbury Docks on a Cold Grey Rainy Day. 4th December 1961. I Loved the Whole Voyage. We Arrived in Sydney on 6th January 1962. I Wanted to Stay on the Orontes. I Never Forgot the Whole Wonderful Voyage..
John Matthews Posted on 27 Apr 2015 1:12 PM
We left Tilbury 24 Jun 56 and disembarked 1 Aug 56 in Pyrmont Sydney. Had an eventful voyage being among the last ships to get through the Suez Canal before the crisis. We were escorted through the Canal by two USN Destroyers.

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