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Bookmark - 'New Orient Line, RMS Oronsay, 28,000 Tons', Maiden Voyage to Australia, Jun 1951 Document Reg. No: HT 26601

Publicity bookmark issued by the Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited, of England (trading as the Orient Line) to promote their latest passenger ship the new Royal Mail Steamer 'Oronsay' on her maiden voyage from England to Australia in June 1951.

Built by Vickers Armstrong, of Barrow-in-Furness, north-west England, the 'Oronsay' was launched on Friday 30 June 1950 and completed ten months later. The 'Oronsay' was the second new passenger liner built for the Orient Line's England-Australia service after World War II and was named after one of four Orient Liners lost by enemy action during the 1939-45 war. The name had originally been taken from the Scottish Island of Oronsay in the Inner Hebrides. The ship's emblem adopted by the company incorporated a stylised clansman's targe or shield and broadsword. The 'Oronsay' departed on her maiden voyage to Australia on 16 May 1951 under the command of Captain Shurrock, sailing via the Suez Canal, Fremantle (Perth), Adelaide and Melbourne, before arriving in Sydney on 18 June 1951.

Specifications of the 'Oronsay' were: registered 28,000 tons, engines 42,500 horsepower, service speed 22½ knots (41.7 km/hr), length 709 ft (216 m), breadth 90 ft 6 in (28.5 m), construction cost £4½ million (Australian), capacity 660 first-class & 730 tourist-class passengers.
Printed in colour on the front and black ink on the back of a narrow horizontal strip of stiff card.
The front features an illustration of the 'Oronsay' under steam showing the ship in its original appearance with distinctive Orient Line livery with a corn coloured hull, green below the waterline, white superstructure and single yellow funnel with black top.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 52 mm (Height), 205 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: shipping lines, promotional materials, immigrant shipping, steam ships, passenger ships, shipping companies
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1879-1909
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: screw steamers - passenger
Inscriptions: Text on front: "New ORIENT LINE R.M.S. 'ORONSAY' 28,000 TONS"
Issued By: Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. (Orient Line), London, England, Great Britain, 1951
Ship Depicted: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), Jun 1951


Grant ARMSTRONG Posted on 20 May 2014 10:14 AM
We sailed from Southampton en route from the UK to Australia in March 1961 and arrived at Freemantle on Wednesday 19 April 1961 at approximately 0400 hours. We departed for Melbourne at approximately 1700 hours arriving on a wet cold April morning on Sunday 23 April 1961. I loved this ship and as a 14 year old off on an adventure and new friends, I did not want to leave her at the end of our voyage. Thereafter, each time Oronsay came into Melbourne, I would travel out to Port Melbourne and look at this magnificent ship that carried us from our beloved Scotland to Australia. I was dismayed when they changed the corn coloured hull to white several years later and eventually in the 1970s I shed a tear when I saw her arrive and subsequently depart on her final voyage. I still have several souvenirs which I treasure. Beautiful memories of a beautiful ship
anne Posted on 24 May 2014 4:58 PM
Yes, a magnificent ship. I too loved it and will never forget my one trip on her which was during Oct/Nov 1952 taking me to a 2 year stay in Scotland and London from where I was finally able to return home on the RMS Orontes which was a lot older ship and not nearly as glamorous as Oronsay. I was sad to hear that she had been sent for breaking up, of course, this happens to them all. Somewhere on-line I came across a great story by a fellow who weathered, while on board Oronsay a typhoon in the South China Sea (I think it was that sea), bringing it vividly to life by his words. There is a large model of Oronsay in the Queensland Museum...at least I hope it is still there....sometimes these places change things around. So, happy memories are wonderful things to have!
Anna Chrystie Posted on 13 Jul 2014 6:31 AM
I have just discovered that my father, mother and brother sailed on the Oronsay from Sydney to the UK in 1951. I wonder if it is possible to get a copy of the passenger list for that journey as I wonder if my grandmother was also aboard?

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