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ORIENTAL CARNIVAL

ORIENTAL CARNIVAL

ORIENTAL CARNIVAL

IMO 5290179

1949 completed by Vickers Armstrongs Ltd., Newcastle
for New Zealand Shipping Co., Plymouth
21.809GRT, 15.000tdw, 16.000bhp 2 each 2SA 6Cy. Doxford, 2 screws, 16.5kn

Sister ship RANGITANE

1949: RANGITOTO
1969: lib. ORIENTAL CARNIVAL
1976 broken up Kaohsiung

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For some reason name was spelt "Oriental Carnaval". Employed on Around-the-world service : San Diego, Acapulco, Cristobal, Port Everglades , La Guaira, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Dare-es-Salaam, Mombasa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, Keelung, Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Service operated in conjunction with former NZSCo fleetmates "Oriental Esmeralda" (ex Rangitane) and "Oriental Rio" (ex Ruahine).
 

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One of a very large group that C Y Tung bought out of the blue in the late 1960s. I travelled as a passenger from HK to NYC in early 1969 on the 'Oriental Warrior' She was an ex Hapag/NDL 84 passenger cargo liner and popular with Americans wanting a long round trip vacation. Not all were happy campers and when we joined in HK many were in a very litigious mood. The fares were very modest and you got what you paid for. The company had no previous experience of running passenger ships and the friendly crew had little idea of what service involved. The blocked scupper in our cabin shower was dealt with by the ship's 'chippy, by sealing it with a strip of duct tape and so we resorted to using the adjacent passenger bathroom only to find the ship's engineers were in the habit of soaking their oily boiler suits in the bath.
Their last and greatest acquisition was of course the Queen Elizabeth, later to be renamed 'Seawise University. A week before setting out from HK on her first voyage in early 1972, fire broke out in three different places in the passenger accommodation, and after capsizing she became a Constructive Total Loss. It was said the fires had been set by C Y Tung's sons who feared their dad was going to lose his shirt on the venture. The 'Oriental Warrior' on which we sailed, also caught fire and was lost off the coast of the Carolinas a few years later.
 

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