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RMS Orsova (1909-1936)

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Media TitleRMS Orsova (1909-1936)
Media NotesThe liner RMS Orsova, built for the Orient Steam Navigation Co at John Brown & Co's Clydebank Shipyard, during sea trials in the Firth of Clyde in 1909.

In addition to accommodation for 1076 passengers, the 12,000-ton liner had 100,000 cubic feet of refrigerated cargo space. Coming at a time of depression in the shipbuilding industry, the order for the Orsova was most welcome at the Clydebank yard, as it was the largest of only three ships laid down during 1908.

Orsova made the first of what would be seventy voyages to Australia in 1909. During the First World War she was used as a troopship, carrying Australian soldiers to various theatres of war. She survived being torpedoed in the English Channel in 1917, and resumed commercial service to Australia for the Orient Line in 1919. In 1933, Orsova was converted to a tourist class ship and finally served briefly as a cruise ship before being scrapped in 1936.
(Photo c.1909)
Owner/SourcePhoto reproduced with kind permission from Glasgow City Archives and Special Collections. Details by kind permission of "The ClydeBank Story"
DateAdded 06 Oct 2008
Linked toEarnest William Albert Hunter (Emigration)

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