Similar items over time

Bookmark - SS Orsova, P&O Lines, 1968 Document Reg. No: HT 2676 4

Bookmark issued by P & O Lines in 1968 for use on the ship S.S. Orsova. It is part of a collection of 175 items of post-war ship memorabilia collected by John McKay. John began collecting shipping brochures as a boy through an interest in travel and later used some of the material in his professional capacity as a Geography and Social Studies teacher. He finally made a voyage himself in 1957-1958, to England to attend a scouting jamboree, although he ended up staying for 18 months. He remembers lots of Australians going over at that time, and references to Earls Court as 'Kangaroo Alley'.

The SS Orsova was the first liner to be built without masts and to have a welded hull, she was launched on 14th May 1953. She accommodated 681 first class passengers, 813 tourist class and 620 crew. Cruises were undertaken between Britain and Australia, around the Pacific, and world cruises. In 1965, Orsova's ownership transferred to P & O, and continued in service until 1974.
Flat double-sided bookmark. Front has gloss colour illustration of the ship, which is white with orange funnel, and green ocean. Back has information about the ship and advertisement for its cruises in blue and black text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McKay, 2003
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 6.4 cm (Height), 23.2 cm (Width)
Dimension Comment: folded once

More information

Tagged with: advertising, shipping, ship memorabilia, book marks, orsova memorabilia, orsova memorabilia tea strainer, tea strainer
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Shipping Lines
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Front: "P & 0"

Back: " P & O S.S. 'ORSOVA 29,000 tons - stabilized and fully air-conditioned"
Printer: Peninsula & Orient Steam Navigation Co., England, Great Britain, 1968
Ship Depicted: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1968
User: Mr John McKay, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1968


Alan Beall Posted on 11 Aug 2013 2:57 PM
I want to thank everyone who helped establish this historical information, and a significant piece of my family's early history as well. In 1957 our family boarded the S.S. Orsova in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for a one way trip to Australia from the United States. I was only 3 years old at that time so my only memory of the ship came from a souvenir glass ash tray with a photograph image of the Orsova at sea, the ash tray was unused. During that trip my mother entered me into a Fancy-Dress Ball. My nom de guerre for this event was Little Miss Peabody. My costume was so good I was awarded a prize, which was a doll. They assumed there was a little girl hiding under the costume, well I fooled them :-)
Sharon Law-Davis Posted on 21 Jul 2015 9:43 PM
In 1963 my family boarded the SS Orsova in Bombay to travel to Fremantle, Western Australia. I was a 1 and a half year old and I was accompanied by my four older sisters and my Mother, Marion or
Tootsie as everyone knew her as. My Father flew out to Perth to prepare for our arrival. Stories my Mother tells of her travels on the Orsova kept us entertained for hours. She recalls the fancy dress ball that all my sisters and I attended dressed in costumes my Mother put together. Mum attended the Captain's dinner while friends watched the children. My oldest sister, Anna had polio so needed some help disembarking, I was a babe in arms and my other sister was jumping from one bunk bed to the next when she fell and sprained her ankle. All three of us needed assistance to disembark. So the fellow passengers each carried one of us down the gangway.
Many years later my Mother gave me a glass ashtray with the image of the Orsova on it too.

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.


This item is part of the following themes:

Similar items

Yes No