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Digital Photograph - Departure of P & O Liner, 'Orontes', Station Pier, Port Melbourne, 1952 Image Reg. No: MM 110507

Description Of Content:
View from pier of passengers, holding streamers on board a departing passenger ship.

This photograph shows the departure of the 'SS Orontes' from Station Pier, in 1952. When the Orontes departed, the photographer's family 'farewelled' their friend Mr McCrea with streamers from the pier. Traditionally, the person on board the ship would throw a roll of streamers over board to the people below. As the ship moved away from the pier, both sides would hold on to the streamers for as long as they could until they broke. The family friend, Harry McCrea is marked in this photograph by a white square. The photograph complements image MM110507.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mr David Meale, 2006
Contributed by Mr David Meale
Discipline: History

More information

Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: embarkations
Inscriptions: Harry McCrea arrow
People Depicted: McCrea, Harry; other people unknown
Organisations Depicted: SS Orontes; Pacific & Orient Lines; Station Pier; Port of Melbourne
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Jan 1952
Photographer: Mr David Meale
Ship Depicted: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1952


Brian Atkins Posted on 01 Jan 2010 7:38 PM
I went on the P&O Sea Princess on 1979 & 1980 do you have any photos of this ship at all???
Discovery Centre Posted on 05 Jan 2010 9:28 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Brian, Having had a look through our images database, it doesn't look like we do. You might like to try Picture Australia, as it is a database which accesses the digitised image collections of many of Australia's cultural institutions.
peter camiller Posted on 31 Jan 2010 8:31 PM
I was a $10 sponsored migrant arrived melbourne august 25th 1957 .nine 17 year old boys in two cabins on F deck.Under a 42 year old school teacher named Jim Tate.Six weeks all but two days.Great adventure. We were the first british liner thru the suez canal after the suez crisis.
malcolm evans Posted on 31 Dec 2014 8:22 PM
I was on the Orontes as crew laundry boy 15 1951-1953 have many good memories of those voyages and often relate same to my grand children

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