---------------------------------------I'm trying to find sailing dates or cruise number for the Orsova in 1958 from Los Angeles (in May or June) to England. It was a 20-day journey. My mother, my sister, and I were on that cruise. i have photos and memorabilia (Children's Fancy Dress Party invite, etc.). I cannot find more specifics about the sailing dates. I do know that we stopped in Panama City, Trinidad, and Le Havre on the way. Help! When I learn how to post photos, I will.
Hi Lindsay. I sailed out on the Orsova with Billy several trips. I have a couple of pics if you would like me to send them. Also have a couple more stories regarding your Dad. Hilarious. He was in my cabin. 4 berth. I was on her from Feb 65 till Oct 67.Great times. Martin.My dad worked on the Orsova, he said it was the best ship he ever served on. Many years after he died my uncle told me a story about when the old boy was in Sydney, He and a few other crew members went ashore for a few beers, some hours later and much the worse for ware he decided to head back to the ship. On the way back he decided to pop into a harbour shed and have a rest, he promptly fell asleep, many hours later he woke up and headed back to the ship, on arrival at the quayside he discovered the ship wasn't there, to his horror he found the ship had sailed to Auckland without him. Around the area where the ship was berthed a lot of police activity was going on and being a nosey Glaswegian with nothing better to he decided to ask a member of Sydney’s finest what was going on, the police officer informed him that a crew member from the Orsova left a local pub late the previous night to head back to the ship and wasn't seen again, my dad was so horrified by this knowing the chances were good that he would know the unfortunate sailor. He asked the policeman the name of the crewmember, the cop replied Bill Bremner. The search was called off immediately and the old boy was taken to the station and allowed to phone the office. He was then flown to Auckland where he met the ship. His punishment was confined to ship for the rest of the voyage and weeks wages. I was informed by my uncle the punishment he received from my mother was harsher.