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Building SS Oriana
Updated July 9, 2014
created the following three pages for those who fondly remember SS Oriana, the
very last Orient Line liner to be built. In addition, I trust it will stimulate
interest in the younger generation to look back at the days when the building,
launching and a maiden voyage of a grand ocean-liner really meant something to
the world. These great ships made the news worldwide! Sadly, at the time of
compiling these pages (November 14, 2005) SS Oriana is slowly being demolished
--Mr. Charles F. Morris Orient Line Naval Architect partially responsible for the SS Oriana.
For those who have sailed on SS Oriana, I trust that these pages will have you reliving your voyage be it as a passenger or as a crewmember. I am also aware that there are many who admired this fine liner around the world whilst she was in port. I hope you will also gain much as you begin reading this special SS Oriana feature. A complete INDEX is located at the bottom of the page.
The vast majority of photographs on “Oriana
the birth of a liner” were provided to ssMaritime.com by Mrs. Pauline Wakefield (
I sincerely thank Mrs. Wakefield for her valuable contribution to this very special feature for the photographs featured are extremely rare and available ONLY to ssMaritime!
The contract for
the £14 million the ship that would become the SS Oriana being placed on May
12, 1954 and she would be built by Vickers-Armstrong Shipbuilders at
Orient Line Naval Architects studying their plans
Here we see the actual “number 1061”, being Oriana’s very first steel plate used for the official “laying of the keel”
A proud moment as she her keel is being laid
It those days many steel plates were still moved manually
The quality welding on Oriana certainly stood the test of time
One of the massive hull sections is being lowered in its place
Slowly the hull is coming together
Above and below: It is time to fit Oriana’s Bulbous bow cone
Amazingly, the Oriana was the very first British liner to be fitted with a bulbous bow
Here we see some exacting work done, under the eye of an inspector, on the ships turbines
The twin screws of SS Oriana were driven through double-reduction gearing by two sets of steam turbines (above) HP, IP, and LP, of Parmetrada design, which provided a total shaft (below) horsepower of 65,000 at 147 revolutions per minute of the propellers.
fine photo of one of the shaft’s
A fine photo of one of the shaft’s
Here we see the grinding of the propeller shaft
The propellers were each made from single solid castings of 20ft in diameter, and were made of nickel-aluminium bronze. Each propeller weighed around 29 tons.
Fitting the propellers was a slow and a precise job
SS Oriana had one set of stabilizer fins, each were a good 120sq feet
Above and below: Fitting parts of Oriana’s aluminium upper superstructure
Part of her advanced design called for an all aluminium alloy superstructure, which saved a great deal of weight. The steel weight of Oriana was 13,650 tons, whilst her aluminium superstructure was just 1,040 tons.
we see the Tourist Class swimming pool being lowered into its place
Here we see the Tourist Class swimming pool being lowered into its place
As the hull has been completed, now comes the task of painting all of the ships hull
Go to Page Two – “The launching and fitting out of SS Oriana”
SS Oriana - Main Index:
Part One - The building of a liner:
Page 1: The building of SS Oriana
Part Two - The Ships History, Photo Pages & Stories:
Page 1: History and Images of the Oriana
Page 2: Oriana Postcards issued in 1960
Page 3:Oriana Photo Album - Page 1
Page 4:Oriana Photo Album - Page 2
Page 6:The Paul Oliver Collection
Page6b: Paul Oliver Story
Page 7: Dalian - See the sad photographs of SS Oriana damaged during a storm
Page7b: Oriana at Zhangiagang shipyard in China – Taken 29 July & 9 September 2005
This is recommended reading!
Is available for £23.50 plus p&p from “Ships in Focus”
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