“Orient Line - A Fleet History”

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“Orient Line – A Fleet History”
A Book by Peter Newall

SS Oronsay


For over 100 years Orient Line was one of the most progressive and innovative British shipping companies. It was also the premier passenger line between Britain and Australia carrying thousands of people in its sailing ships and steamers. With a foreword by Lord Marshall, Chairman of British Airways and a former Orient Line purser, Orient Line a Fleet History traces for the first time the complete history of the company and its ships from the formation of Anderson, Thomson and Company in 1863 until the absorption of Orient Line into P&O in 1966 and the brief revival of its name between 1977 and 1987.

Peter Newall, author of Union-Castle Line a Fleet History, has produced what will probably be the definitive history of the line with individual histories of 129 ships including all the sailing ships from 1863 onwards; liners and tugs owned by Orient Line; Pacific Steam Navigation Company ships used in the joint Orient Line service between 1878-1909; war managed vessels and the series of liquid gas carriers and bulkers from 1977-1987. Profusely illustrated with over 400 images, many of which have never appeared before (including 40 in colour), this 184 page book also includes unique information on Orient Line at Tilbury and Australian ports as well as twenty-one pages about life aboard from Orient to Oriana and a further nine pages on Orient liners under construction at Barrow-in-Furness.



“Orient Line – A Fleet History”

Is available for 23.50 plus p&p from “Ships in Focus”

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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 Iberia - SS Canberra – further ships have been added


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