|Career (United Kingdom)||70px|
|Owner:||Orient Steamship Co., London|
|Builder:||R. Napier & Sons Ltd shipyard, Glasgow|
|Laid down:||11 April 1891|
|Reclassified:||1915-1918 Requisitioned by the Admiralty for conversion to Armed Merchant Cruiser|
|Fate:||Scrapped in 1922, at Troon|
|Class and type:||cargo/passenger liner fitted with refrigeration equipment|
|Length:||465 ft (142 m)|
|Beam:||53 ft (16 m)|
|Draught:||24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)|
5 coal-fired boilers.|
Two four-cylinder triple-expansion engines driving twin propellers
The SS Ophir was a British steel twin-screw ocean liner owned by the Orient Steamship Co. of London, which was employed on the company's London/Aden/Colombo/Australia service from the 1890s until 1915 when she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and saw three years' service as an armed merchant cruiser. She was returned to the owners in 1918 but was never refitted, being broken up in 1922.
One appreciative passenger was "the Welsh Swagman" Joseph Jenkins who embarked at Melbourne on 24 November, 1894, bound for Tilbury Docks in a second-class cabin at the fare of £26 15s 6d. When he first saw the vessel, it appeared so huge that he wrote "it is a wonder to me that it would move".. Jenkins, a noted diarist, proceeded to record in detail the 103-day voyage passing through the new Suez Canal.
In 1901, the Ophir conveyed the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (the future King George V, and Queen Mary) to Australia to open the Federal Parliament in Melbourne A petty officer named Harry Price was with the tour from February to November 1901, and made a careful record, later published as The Royal Tour 1901, or the Cruise of H.M.S. Ophir; Being a Lower Deck Account of their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York's Voyage Around the British Empire.