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Old 27th February 2010, 18:32
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Cool Orient Steam Navigation Company

Is there anyone out there who sailed on the Orient Line in the 50s or any time for that matter, or have they all passed over the bar? I was an engineer myself but would be very interested to hear from anyone who sailed for the company in any capasity]
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Old 27th February 2010, 19:18
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I did 8 trips on Orcades 4 on Oronsay 2 on Spirit of London and 2 on Canberra
I was on deck so I don't think you would know me .My time was in the 70s till 74 I think.great times ,but I think Canberra was the best I came ashore when Canberra was scrapped.
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Old 28th February 2010, 10:45
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Unhappy Ormonde

Hi Orcades,
I sailed on the Ormonde from 27th June 1950 to 26th September 1950 as AB and from 7th August 1952 to 5th December 1952 as QM which was her final voyage and to the breakers yard on the Clyde. She would have been the worse ship on the planet to steer. She had a mind of her own. Afterwards was supposed to have joined the Orsova for her maiden voyage but joined the Mataroa instead.
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Old 28th February 2010, 11:25
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Hi , Joined Orcades at Tilbury ,March 59 , and sailed away round the world, as first tripper, 5th R/O. Arrived back Soton July 59. and then went straight off again Medi cruising (now 4th R/O) until Sept 59, then back to Tilbury for another round the world trip as 3rd R/O. paid off her 21st Jan 60. Great times , loved that ship.
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Old 28th February 2010, 11:57
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Orontes, 1952,O/S;

Otranto 1955, AB;

Orion 1956-1957, Baggage Master
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Old 28th February 2010, 13:07
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Is there anyone out there who sailed on the Orient Line in the 50s or any time for that matter, or have they all passed over the bar? I was an engineer myself but would be very interested to hear from anyone who sailed for the company in any capasity]
Hi there,
I sailed on Orcades of Orient Line from April till June 1954 as 1st class waiter on a Meddie cruise and am still alive and kicking,seventy nine next week in fact and hope to go a bit longer yet. We sailed from Tilbury I recall and did usual Spanish,French & Italian ports. In those days I usually did one trip one ship my main idea was to see the world and did that for ten years before joining cunard where I stayed for fifteen years (P/CS) .Another five years on various companies and ended on BR ferries in 78, thirty years at sea. Complete changeover then twenty years in Saudi & Libya till retirement at 65.
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Old 4th March 2010, 01:36
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My father was on Orion 1947-1950 or so, in the laundry, ending as laundry manager or whatever it was called. He's still alive and kicking aged 91yrs. My uncle Tom Davie was an engineer on Oronsay/Orcades/Orsova/Orontes in the mid-fifties and is now retired and living it up in Queensland, Australia.
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Old 8th June 2010, 20:25
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Hi Orcades,I sailed in Orion as Deck Boy and Ordinary seaman, from Sept.1944 to April 1946 and again,fromDec,1946 to May 1947,then as AB from april 1949 to July 1949. So you see there are still some of us about,a bit tottery perhaps but still here.

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Old 8th June 2010, 21:38
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Orcades May_Aug 1960
Oriana Maiden Voyage 60/61,although by then it was P&O/Orient Lines.
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Old 9th June 2010, 10:01
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In what year did P&O and Orient Line come together and were there any redundacies?
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Old 10th June 2010, 21:28
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I don't know the exact date,but I've always understood that"Oriana"was first to sail as P&O/Orient.Although Orient Line were allowed to keep their own hull colours for a few years.Probably Pompeyfan would know.
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Old 20th August 2010, 00:21
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Iwas twice on the Orion,''57 then'58.Did a 6 month trip on the Orsova,Dec' '60
until May'61.Was tourist saloon stwd,was well knackerd after that trip and
couldn't get back on the tankers fast enough!.
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Old 20th August 2010, 13:03
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In answer to Chaspat's question of a few weeks ago. P&O had part owned Orient Line ever since 1919 but bought all the remaing shares in May 1960. There must have been some redundances in office and shore jobs, and amongst overseas agencies but there were none at sea as the ships continued but all painted in P&O colours. Obviously 1960 was the beginning of the end for passenger liners and general cargo ships so the following years were not good. I don't remember any redundances so much as a drop in recruitment and an almost standstill in promotion as old ships were scrapped and any new build was in tankers.
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Old 24th September 2010, 02:58
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Hi, I joined the P&O S.N.Co., in 1957 as junior engineer, left 1962, sailed on Ballarat, Perim, iIberia, sunda, Patonga, orontes and Empire Fowey.
Would like to make contact with any who sailed on these vessels during this period.

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Old 24th September 2010, 03:08
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Boy, I love that old badge...brings back happy memories
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Old 25th September 2010, 17:15
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Greetings Peter and welcome to SN from an ex Iberia engineer. Bon voyage.
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Old 25th September 2010, 18:07
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Thank-you for your greetings. July 62-Sept 63 was my time as Third Eng on Iberia,.When were you down in the engine room?

My active date is incorrect on my profile,...should be 1964 (dont know how to edit it!)

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Old 4th June 2012, 17:11
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In this year of the Diamond Jubilee I recall my first trip on the Orient Lines RMS Oransay which I joined in Tilbury, right after coming out of sea school at Gravesend in August 1953. As a 16 year old commis waiter 1st class taking all the people back to OZ after the Queens Coronation. I served on her until may 1955 then on the Orcades until dec 1956 then the Orion until nov 1957
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Old 6th June 2012, 05:49
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Hi Orcades,
I sailed on the Ormonde from 27th June 1950 to 26th September 1950 as AB and from 7th August 1952 to 5th December 1952 as QM which was her final voyage and to the breakers yard on the Clyde. She would have been the worse ship on the planet to steer. She had a mind of her own. Afterwards was supposed to have joined the Orsova for her maiden voyage but joined the Mataroa instead.
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I took the Mataroa to the breakers yard 27 Jan To 3 Feb. 1956
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Old 7th June 2012, 08:29
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Is there anyone out there who sailed on the Orient Line in the 50s or any time for that matter, or have they all passed over the bar? I was an engineer myself but would be very interested to hear from anyone who sailed for the company in any capasity]
I joined Orient line as junior engineer in 1957 - sailed on ORCADES for many trips - only two on ORONSAY- retired in 1964 after getting chiefs ticket in 1963
Have lived in MELBOURNE since 1964

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Old 7th June 2012, 14:32
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Old 16th June 2012, 07:50
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I sailed as a deck cadet on the SS Garonne in 1960/61, she was the only oil talker built for the Orient Line. She was painted in Orient line colours complete with a black cap on the funnel. It was at a time when the P&O group decided to enter the oil tanker trade and all of the companies in the group were directed to build one or two tankers. The officers were a mixture of Orient Line P&O and B I. All the crew were British. Shortly after I left her in 1961 she was transfered to the newly formed Trident Tanker company with the other company group tankers and painted black. She was a fine ship.
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Old 23rd October 2012, 19:44
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Orcades

Have just had my first post. Hope you are still active.

I did my first trip to sea on the Otranto in September 1952.

Coincidentally spoke today to and old AB, Louis Henry , who

sailed on Orcades. Had just the one trips on passenger ships.

My next trip was acoal burning collier the "Dagenham"

sailing on the East Coastto the Thames coual discharge

ports.
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Old 23rd October 2012, 20:54
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I first went onboard to visit the Orcades with the school prior to her maiden voyage from Tilbury. I joined the Orcades as a steward and spent a year onboard in 1956.
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Old 24th October 2012, 10:09
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I always had a secret plan to join Orient Line when I had a Masters ticket. I believe this was essential for a deck officer of any rank in the 50's and before.
By the time I sat Masters it was all P&O Orient and those lovely ships had disappeared. Oriana was still around I think but the magic had gone.
I finished up in P&O Bulk Shipping (nee Trident Tankers) in the late seventies which was the closest I got.
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