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Oriana On Fire 1970




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BMW Simon



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Whilst Oriana was leaving Southampton on the 1st August 1970 the Boiler Room had a serious fire. Engine Room and Boiler Room were a mess and the damage was so bad that the crew thought she would be laid up for months but to their amazement P.and O. announced that she would be repaired and ready to sail in 2 weeks. The passengers were given the choice of staying on board for the whole period, the bars were opened and all was as if they were at sea.
Don't think it would happen these days!.
lol,
Simon.
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Brent Chambers
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Tue, 5 August 08 05:14

That is a scary sight! Could have been so much worse--best of British shipbuilding.
cheers, Brent
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barnsey

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Tue, 5 August 08 05:35

....... any story about extinguishing the fire ?? presumably the crew?

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BMW Simon

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Tue, 5 August 08 05:50

An oil spill two days earlier had not been pumped out (P.and O. trying to save money!) and with firing up all boilers the bilge water was very close to the boiler base, such that as she rounded Calshot it flashed up on the bottom as she rolled slightly.
The engineers were indeed the hero's of the day extinguishing the fire.

Simon.
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Sea Princess
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Tue, 5 August 08 05:52

I think you are right there Simon. Can't say I recall hearing or reading about the fire at the time. Truely amazing that they fixed it all up in two weeks. I expect Risk Assessment and Health and Safety would get in the way if it happened today.

Alan
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Orbitaman

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Tue, 5 August 08 06:00

Surely Risk Asessment and Health and Safety today would not have allowed a situation where an oil spill would not have been cleared away before the vessel would be allowed to sail. Even in 1970, common sense should have prevailed and the spill cleared up as soon as it happened?
The engineers were heroes of their own making. If the spill had been cleared when it occurred then there would have been no fire and hence no need to put the fire out and be heroes!!

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BMW Simon

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Tue, 5 August 08 06:24

Hi Orbitaman,
Having read your profile and knowing you are a Marine Superintendent I will try not to be too cheeky!, however even you would not be naive enough to think that there was in those days any form of workplace health and safety on board British ships, maybe some common sense would have averted this particular problem but it was cost saving that apparently caused it.
Anyway a major disaster was averted, and its all nostalgia now.
lol
Simon.
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Ian860B
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Mon, 22 July 19 07:38

The Chief Engineer requested a sludge barge so that the bilges could be pumped out before the ship sailed but the company superintendent refused, the story I got from engineers who were there said that the fire started before the ship left the quayside.
P&O did some pretty horrible cost savings in the 70's
Jock
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