SS Orcades (1948)
RMS OrcadesSS Orcades
Orient Steam Navigation Company (Orient Line) 1948-1966Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P & O) 1966-1973
|Port of registry:||London, United Kingdom|
|Builder:||Vickers Armstrong Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness, England|
|Launched:||14 Oct 1947|
|Completed:||14 Nov 1948|
|Maiden voyage:||14 Dec 1948|
|Out of service:||13 Oct 1972|
|Fate:||Broken-up 1973, Kaohsiung, Taiwan|
|Tonnage:||28,399 (1959 refit)|
|Installed power:||6 x single reduction gear turbine engines|
|Speed:||24.7 knots (service speed)|
|Capacity:||1,635 passengers (1964 refit)|
|Notes:||Originally painted yellow; white from 1964 refit|
SS Orcades was an ocean liner serving primarily on the UK – Australia – New Zealand route. It started service as a British Royal Mail Steamer (RMS) carrying first and tourist class passengers. Orcades carried many migrants to Australia and New Zealand  and was later used as a cruise ship.
The vessel underwent refits in 1959 and 1964. During the 1959 refit the ship obtained a 'stovepipe' fitting to its funnel. Under the 1964 refit Orcades became a single class vessel and its external primary colour scheme changed from yellow to white.
The vessel's sister ship was the Oronsay (1951).
- Latimer, David W (2002) Passenger ships of the 20th century: an illustrated encyclopedia, p.259, Colourpoint Books ISBN 1 898392 70 6
- Museum Victoria
- Ocean liner museum
- Photographs and deck plans
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