Orient Steam Navigation Company - RMS/SS Orion - 1935 to 1963

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Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Author


Orient Line

RMS Orion


Photo Album Page Two

and the Ben Zuber Sails for Australia


This page has been created especially for passengers on the RMS Orion to add theiir photographs. The first photographs received are from a Swiss passenger, Ben Zuber.

Ben was one of eight Swiss men immigrating to New Zealand in 1961. He became great friends of fellow passengers, Kurt, Menk, Brian and Beryl. Ben dined at the first sitting and unbeknown to him, a beautiful young lady, Ann, who sat on his seat at the second sitting. Four months after arriving in Wellington, Ben met Ann and they were married in 1963. They sailed on various ships, to Europe, including P&O’s Arcadia and the Lloyd Triestino Galileo. In 2001, a number of friends celebrated the 40th anniversary of their voyage on the Orion.


Ben and his Swiss friends enjoying the sun out on deck 




Above & Below: Dinner on Fancy Dress Night.

Above: Ben on the right – Below: Ben partially hidden behind the lady in dark glasses




 Pool Games


 Orion heading south in the Suez Canal


 The Shop


 Ben with shipmates


The love of Ben’s life, Anne


Four shipmates enjoy their 2001 reunion 


I hereby wish to thank Ben and Anne Zuber for providing these photographs. They give as a brief look at the days so many of us (including the author) headed south to New Zealand and Australia to start an exciting new life!


RMS/SS Orion Index


RMS Orion                                   Orion - History Page.

Photo Album                             Orion - Interior and exterior photographs.

Passenger Contribution - 1        Ben Zuber heads for Australia in 1961.

Passenger Contribution - 2        Jack Abbott - a Soldiers Tale - “Orion Oracle” No 20.

Passenger Contribution - 3       Jack Abbott - a Soldiers Tale - “Orion Oracle” No 29.

Passenger Contribution - 4        William Rishton sails for Australia in 1956.

Passenger Contribution - 5        Anne Lee UK to Sydney Australia in 1958.



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

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

P&O: RMS Strathaird - SS Himalaya - SS Iberia - RMS Kaisar-i-Hind - SS Canberra



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