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SS Miltiades / Orcana

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Media TitleSS Miltiades / Orcana
Media NotesMILTIADES / ORCANA 1903:
The MILTIADES was a 6,793 gross ton ship, length 455ft x beam 55.1ft, Clipper bows, one funnel, two masts, twin screw, speed 15 knots, accommodation, considered luxurious for 89-1st and 158-3rd class passengers. Completed in Oct.1903 by Alex Stephen & Sons, Glasgow for the Aberdeen Line, she started her maiden voyage from London for Cape Town - Melbourne and Sydney on 3rd Nov.1903.

In 1912 she was rebuilt to 7,817 tons and lengthened to 504ft and a second funnel added. Accommodation was increased to 150-1st and 170-3rd class. Taken up for trooping duties in 1915, she resumed commercial service on 4th June 1920 but started her last Australia voyage on 20th November 1920.

Purchased by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. and renamed ORCANA, she was transferred to Pacific Steam Navigation Co in 1922 for their 'round South America' service. However, she proved too expensive to operate and the second voyage was cancelled.

In 1923 she was laid up at Liverpool and later at Dartmouth and in 1924 she was towed to Holland and scrapped.

This photograph shows the ship before it was refitted in 1912 and with only a single funnel.
DateAdded 20141205

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