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SS Oriana

 The last Orient Line Liner says Goodbye as she comes to an End!


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Her Tragic Demolition in China


This Orient Line postcard shows SS Oriana with her original corn coloured hull

From the author’s private collection

Whilst in Dalian China, this once great liner was severely damaged in 2004 by a storm. In 2005 she was demolished by the Wayou scrap yards in Zhangiagang China. Photographs on this page show her in various stages of demolition. I will add no commentary on this page, as I feel the photographs tell their own story.

© Photographs on this page were taken on 23 July & 9 September 2005 by Julian Nicholas.

After having viewed this page, I suggest you read our eight-page Oriana feature, covering her story from birth, to her final departure from Sydney, then her life as an entertainment center in Japan and China, concluding with her final days in Dalian. The Dalian page contains many photographs of her interiors and of Oriana after the tragic storm, when her bow was holed, listing to port, which saw her lower decks flooded.

The Photographs below were taken on 29 July 2005


© 2005 Julian Nicholas


© 2005 Julian Nicholas 


© 2005 Julian Nicholas 


 © 2005 Julian Nicholas


© 2005 Julian Nicholas 


© 2005 Julian Nicholas 



A tragic sight of what was once a great British liner and cruise ship!

© 2005 Julian Nicholas


Photos taken on 9 September 2005


The much-loved SS Oriana may be gone, but she will never be forgotten by all those who sailed on her

and not by the countless thousands who admired her from a distance!

© 2005 Julian Nicholas


© 2005 Julian Nicholas 


 © 2005 Julian Nicholas


© 2005 Julian Nicholas 


© 2005 Julian Nicholas 


We conclude with a happy memory! 


Memories - How many of us spent time enjoying a drink at the Monkey Bar?

A postcard from the author’s private collection


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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