TSS King Orry (1946)

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Name: TSS King Orry [4]
Namesake: Manx Gaelic name for the Godred Crovan
Owner: Isle of Man Steam Packet
Port of registry: Douglas, Isle of Man, 22x20px
Route: Douglas to Liverpool
Ordered: 1945
Builder: Cammell Laird & Co Ltd
Cost: £402,095
Yard number: 165282
Launched: 22 November 1945
Acquired: 16 April 1946
Maiden voyage: 18 January 1946
Out of service: 31 August 1975
Identification: G M J M
Fate: Broken-up 1979
General characteristics
Class and type: King Orry-class Packet ship
Tonnage: 2,485 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 344 ft 0 in (104.9 m)
Beam: 47 ft 0 in (14.3 m)
Draught: 18 ft 0 in (5.5 m)
Installed power: 1,008nhp, 8,500ihp 4 steam turbines, single reduction gearing.
Speed: 21.5 knots (40 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 2,163 passengers
Crew: 67

TSS King Orry [4] was the lead ship of the King Orry class of passenger ferries and packet ships built for the Isle of Man Steam Packet to replace war-time losses.[1]

The King Orry class of six ships were the culimnation of war-time experience and pre-war service by Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Essentially, the class were a modified design of the 1936 Twins, which included TSS Fenella [2] and TSS Tynwald [4]. The King Orry [4] was launched from the slipway at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, Liverpool in November 1945. The name King Orry is the Manx Gaelic name for the Godred Crovan a Norse-Gael ruler of Dublin, and King of Mann and the Isles in the second half of the 11th century. The previous ship with this name was King Orry [3], one of three company losses during Operation Dynamo the evacuation of British and French troops from the port of Dunkirk during May 1940.


King Orry [4] was construced by Cammell Laird & Co Ltd at a cost of £402,095. The ship was launched on 22 November 1945, and acquired by Isle of Man Steam Packet Company on 16 April 1946. King Orry completed its maiden voyage on 18 January 1946, and remained in service until 31 August 1975, operating primarily between Douglas, Isle of Man and Liverpool, England.

King Orry was broken up for scrap in 1979.


  1. Island Lifeline by Connery Chappell. pp58 (1980) T.Stephenson & Sons Ltd ISBN 0-901314-20-X