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SS Oriana

Page Three


Building the Oriana 


Part One: Sea Trails


Updated July 9, 2014


Sea Trails One - November 13, 1960



Above and below:

Photographs of Oriana’s funnel were taken just prior to departing for her sea trails



 SS Oriana commences her first sea trials on 13 November, 1960


 The two Captains, the Pilot and Captain Edgecombe having just departed


November 13, 1960 - SS Oriana has reached the sea for her trials


During this run the sea was rather choppy and they were unable to check her speed trails


From Promenade Deck the seas look bad, but it did prove the ships excellent capabilities!


Here we see the main machinery control console in the Engine Room prior dreparture


Orient Line and Vickers Armstrong executives inspect the Engine Room during Oriana’s trials


Heading back to port, the captain taking a few headings



Above & below: The Oriana seen on her trails on November 13




Sea Trails Two - November 16, 1960


Checking the Trails schedule- Getting it right


 Let us check her maximum speed – “Full Steam Ahead


SS Oriana reached an excellent maximum speed of 30.64 knots


 Radio Rooms keeps Orient Lines Head Office informed



Above & below: Two further photographs of SS Oriana during her November 16, Trails



Part Two: Vickers-Armstrong officially hands over the SS Oriana


Sir Austin Anderson signs the official handover documents



Part Three: Oriana’s Maiden Voyage


SS Oriana departed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to Sydney on December 3, 1960 returning to Southampton via New Zealand and the US. Oriana was without a doubt the fastest liner on the England to Australia service, for she was able to sail from Southampton to Sydney via the Suez Canal in only 21 days!

SS Oriana has completed her record making voyage to Sydney arriving on December 30, 1960

on her maiden voyage! She is seen berthed at the International Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay


SS Oriana seen arriving in Wellington New Zealand and the author was present at the arrival


A Special Moment in History Recorded by Robert Lloyd


Here is a superb painting of the SS Oriana sailing through the Suez Canal during her maiden voyage

By & © Robert Lloyd - Thank you David Brooks UK for sending it


Go to - Deck Plan, Rare Photographs and other Images - -NEW-

SS Oriana - Main Index:

Part One - The building of a liner:

Page 1:   The building of SS Oriana

Page 2:   The launching and fitting out of SS Oriana

Page 3:   Sea trials and Oriana’s maiden voyage

Page 4:   Deck Plan, Rare Photographs and other Images

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 5:   Oriana “Lady of the Sea by Neil Whitmore

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!

Orient Line – A Fleet History

Is available for £23.50 plus p&p from “Ships in Focus”




Also Visit our Features on the following Orient Lines/P&O Ships

Orient Lines: RMS OrcadesSS Oronsay - SS Oriana - RMS Orion

P&O: RMS StrathairdSS Iberia - SS Canberra


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