Building the SS Oriana, the very last Orient Liner to be built!
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Building SS Oriana
Updated August 2018
Mr. Charles F. Morris Orient Line Naval Architect one of the designers of the SS Oriana.
For those who have sailed on SS Oriana, I trust that these pages will have you reliving your voyage be it as a passenger or as a crewmember. I am also aware that there are many who admired this fine ship as she sailed around the world, and whilst she was in port. I hope you will also gain much as you begin reading this special SS Oriana feature. A complete INDEX is located at the bottom of the page. For me she is very special having sailed on her a good number of times, and the memories will always be with me!
“Building SS Oriana” and the majority of
photographs on this very special feature were provided to myself
to be used on ssMaritime.com by Mrs. Pauline
I sincerely thank Mrs. Wakefield for her valuable contribution to this feature and for her husband, private collection of photographs, many of which have never been seen before, thus many photographs featured are extremely rare, and they were made only available for the use & © to ssMaritime.com.
Reuben Goossens - Retired.
Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960.
contract for the £14 million the ship that would become the SS Oriana being placed
on May 12, 1954 and she would be built by Vickers-Armstrong Shipbuilders at
Orient Line Naval Architects studying their plans
Here we see the actual “number 1061”, being Oriana’s very first steel plate used for the official “laying of the keel”
A proud moment as she her keel is being laid
It those days many steel plates were still moved manually
The quality welding on Oriana certainly stood the test of time
One of the massive hull sections is being lowered in its place
Slowly the hull is coming together
Above and below: It is time to fit Oriana’s Bulbous bow cone
Amazingly, the Oriana was the very first British liner to be fitted with a bulbous bow
Here we see some exacting work done, under the eye of an inspector, on the ships turbines
The twin screws of SS Oriana were driven through double-reduction gearing by two sets of steam turbines (above) HP, IP, and LP, of Parmetrada design, which provided a total shaft (below) horsepower of 65,000 at 147 revolutions per minute of the propellers.
fine photo of one of the shaft’s
A fine photo of one of the shaft’s
Here we see the grinding of the propeller shaft
The propellers were each made from single solid castings of 20ft in diameter, and were made of nickel-aluminium bronze. Each propeller weighed around 29 tons.
Fitting the propellers was a slow and a precise job
SS Oriana had one set of stabilizer fins, each were a good 120sq feet
Above and below: Fitting parts of Oriana’s aluminium upper superstructure
Part of her advanced design called for an all aluminium alloy superstructure, which saved a great deal of weight. The steel weight of Oriana was 13,650 tons, whilst her aluminium superstructure was just 1,040 tons.
we see the Tourist Class swimming pool being lowered into its place
Here we see the Tourist Class swimming pool being lowered into its place
As the hull has been completed, now comes the task of painting all of the ships hull
Oriana - Main Index
SS Oriana - Main Index:
PART ONE …
Designing & Building the Oriana - ONLY available to ssmaritime.com:
Images from the naval architect & designer of the SS Oriana:
Page 1: The building of SS Oriana
Page 5: (NEW)
PART TWO …
Oriana’s General History Pages:
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 6b: Paul Oliver Story
Page 7: Dalian - See the sad photographs of SS Oriana damaged during a storm
Page 7b: Oriana at Zhangiagang shipyard in China - Taken 29 July & 9 September 2005, the demolition of a liner
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