|SS Orcades (1948)|
Orcades leaving Southampton, Christmas Eve 1967
RMS OrcadesSS Orcades
Orient Steam Navigation Company (Orient Line) 1948-1966Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P & O) 1966-1973
|Port of registry:||London, United Kingdom|
|Builder:||Vickers Armstrong Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness, England|
|Launched:||14 Oct 1947|
|Completed:||14 Nov 1948|
|Maiden voyage:||14 Dec 1948|
|Out of service:||13 Oct 1972|
|Fate:||Broken-up 1973, Kaohsiung, Taiwan|
|Tonnage:||28,399 (1959 refit)|
|Installed power:||6 x single reduction gear turbine engines|
|Speed:||24.7 knots (service speed)|
|Capacity:||1,635 passengers (1964 refit)|
|Notes:||Originally painted yellow; white from 1964 refit|
SS Orcades was an ocean liner serving primarily on the UK – Australia – New Zealand route. She started service as a British Royal Mail Steamer (RMS) carrying first and tourist class passengers. Orcades carried many migrants to Australia and New Zealand  and was later used as a cruise ship.
Built at the Barrow yard of Vickers-Armstrongs, Orcades (yard no. 950) had an identical hull and machinery to P&O's Himalaya (yard no. 951), though differing in superstructure and interior layout.
During the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne the Orcades served as an accommodation ship.
The vessel underwent refits in 1959 and 1964. During the 1959 refit the ship obtained a 'stovepipe' fitting to her funnel. Under the 1964 refit Orcades became a single class vessel and her external primary colour scheme changed from yellow ['orient corn'] to white. In 1952 RMS Orcades was fitted with a 'top hat' funnel extension to clear smoke from the after decks.
Orcades is an ancient name for the Orkney Islands.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Latimer, David W (2002) Passenger ships of the 20th century: an illustrated encyclopedia, p. 259, Colourpoint Books ISBN 1-898392-70-6
- Museum Victoria
- Ocean liner museum
- Photographs and deck plans
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