The Dutch Liner MS Orange rebuilt to become the Flotta Lauro MS Angelina Lauro 1964/65
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The ex MS Oranje became a modern liner with long sleek lines and a new tall streamlined funnel
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As a Dutch
liner, the MS Oranje served the Netherland Line well for 25 years, however,
with passenger numbers dropping for both the Netherland Line and Royal
Rotterdam Lloyd (Royal Dutch Mails) they decided to place still beautiful MS
Oranje on the market. However, on September 4, 1964 both she and the still in
service MS Willem Ruys were both sold to Italian company Flotta Lauro Lines.
This company was already well known in Australia having operated a number of
ships to and from Australia, and at that time the delightful and popular SS
Roma and Sydney were still on the Australian run, but obviously Flotta Lauro
Her new ultra modern finned funnel was
futuristic for her day
Her new ultra modern finned funnel was futuristic for her day
Oranje was sent to
However, as she was almost completed, on August 24 and 25, 1965, a fire broke had broken out and it raged onboard and tragically six precious lives were lost onboard the ship. When the fire was quenched and work was able to recommence, but it delayed her completion by a good six months.
She was now listed
as 24,377 GRT (Gross Registered Tons), 205.5m - 672.4ft long, 25.50m - 83.6ft
wide. Her new passenger configuration allowed for interchange cabins between
First and Tourist Class. First Class could accommodate between 180 and 377
passengers and Tourist Class between 946 to 1050 passengers, making a total of
She was now listed as 24,377 GRT (Gross Registered Tons), 205.5m - 672.4ft long, 25.50m - 83.6ft wide. Her new passenger configuration allowed for interchange cabins between First and Tourist Class. First Class could accommodate between 180 and 377 passengers and Tourist Class between 946 to 1050 passengers, making a total of 1,230 passengers.
This postcard was release by Flotta Lauro prior her completion
Finally it was on March
6, 1966 when the Angelina Lauro departed on her maiden voyage from
is seen departing Auckland New
Thank you www.seapixonline.com
continued sailing to and from Australia, but due to poor passenger loadings,
which is something that all companies were suffering at that time due to the
charter flights on the new Jumbo Jets (Boeing 747’s) that offered cheap
fares and short journeys, Flotta Lauro decided that they would redeploy their
ships in 1972, from the Australian service and use them elsewhere as cruise
However, she continued sailing to and from Australia, but due to poor passenger loadings, which is something that all companies were suffering at that time due to the charter flights on the new Jumbo Jets (Boeing 747’s) that offered cheap fares and short journeys, Flotta Lauro decided that they would redeploy their ships in 1972, from the Australian service and use them elsewhere as cruise ships.
Thus, the Angelina Lauro
departed Southampton in May 1972 and she headed for Australia and having
visited Melbourne, she arrived in Sydney on May 16 1972 and remained overnight
and departed with another farewell, but it was nothing like it was as when she
departed when she was the Oranje, but there were still a good number of people
lining the foreshore watching her leave. Amazingly, I have never been able to
locate a single photograph of her final departure from
The MS Angelina Lauro is
seen here arriving for the very last time to
Angelina Lauro seen as a cruise ship
However Costa Line
decided that they would charter the Angelina Lauro from Flotta Lauro for
3 years, and they took delivery on October
10, 1977. She was relocated to Port Everglades and commenced cruise duties to
She is seen here in 1977 with her “C.” Costa Lines logo on her funnel
would also operate seasonal cruises in Europe the Angelina Lauro would have to
operate a line voyage across the Atlantic from the
But there was no doubt that the Angelina Lauro (Angelina) was a very popular cruise ship in the Caribbean, but all that ended on that fateful day on March 30, 1979 when tragedy struck this remarkable and beautiful 40 year old ship.
MS Angelina Lauro was a
greatly loved ship in both her guises, as the Dutch liner from the
Page One: The Oranje Story
From shipyard, Wartime until her sale to
Page One b: MS Oranje The Walter von Stockhausen Story - “From Stowaway to Naval Cadet.”
Page Two: The Angelina Lauro Story Transformation into an modern Italian liner.
Page Three: Angelina Lauro Photo Page
Page Four: Angelina Lauro’s demise A Tragic Day on March 30, 1979.
Page Five: Angelina Lauro Deck Plan
Page Six: MS Orange Passenger list of her very first voyage/cruise 4 Aug 1939 Provided by
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