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Photos & Comments Courtesy of Dai Griffin

These photos were taken in Barbados on the same day as Princess Anne arrived to join the Royal ship Britannia (berthed astern of us) for her honeymoon.

 

This was her last cruise and we had a murder aboard on the return across the Atlantic, very sad all 'round But the old tub excelled herself, as an order was given from the bridge "All Possible Speed" and from memory, for two days solid we made Max speed + 1.5 to 2 knots in an attempt to get to a good hospital in Madera, but the crewman died one day out. The crewman who did the stabbing was held in the brig until Madeira where the British police took him home.

 

Courtesy of Dai Griffin

 

Courtesy of Dai Griffin

 

Courtesy of Dai Griffin

I know this is a poor shot but itís a very rare look at the Telephone Exchange on Orsova and below is one of the telephonists who operated it but Dai canít remember her name.

 

Courtesy of Dai Griffin

He does remember he fancied her though and I can see why. Great legs! Thankfully Bob Godding remembers this lovely lass as being Rita who was the girlfriend of Derek the second head chef. Rita then lived in St Blazey Cornwall. Bob left in 1972 to marry Viv (another tele-op) and they kept in touch with Rita and Derek up to about 1982 but have since lost contact.

 

Below are a few shots of Orsovaís public rooms

Courtesy of Dai Griffin

 

Courtesy of Dai Griffin

 

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Like a car has a spare tyre a ship has to have a spare anchor!!!

 

Courtesy of Dai Griffin

Above is a sad sight for all seafarers Ö A shipís Pay Off Pennant. It means the shipís on itís last voyage and shows one foot for every year of service.

 

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Courtesy of Dai Griffin

Taken in Southampton

 

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Southampton again and look whoís belching black smoke!!!

 

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Courtesy of Alan MacKenzie

Orsova postcard circa. 1950s, with vessel in Orient Line colours.

 

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Courtesy of Alan MacKenzie

Orsova postcard circa. 1960s, with vessel in P&O colours.

Alan writes;

In the picture of "Orsova" which I have given as "in P&O colours", isn't in P&O colours at all. Enlarged, the demarcation between the slightly darker "corn" coloured hull and white superstructure is quite clear. Looking closely at the original that has now become obvious, so this must be a card issued sometime around 1964 or '65, after which time I think, all the "O-Boats" had lost their Orient Line livery.

 

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Local postcard showing Orsova at Circular Quay. Guess late 60s or early 70s.

 

Courtesy of Richard Reubin

Orsova in her original colours taken from a postcard by AJ Dixon - photo taken by Ken of Cowes.

 

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Courtesy of Kevin O'Connor

 

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Courtesy of William Stephens

William remembers this was taken around North Cape in 1973

 

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Courtesy of William Stephens

This was taken somewhere in the Caribbean also in 1973.

  

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Courtesy of Marty Elliot

Orsova Boiler Room

 

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Courtesy of Marty Elliot

Orsova Main Engine Console 1972.

Ian Brunton is 99% sure the guy in this shot is Ian "Geordie" Jennings.

 

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Courtesy of Marty Elliot

Orsova Evap Salinometer and Marty says the red light never went out.

 

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Courtesy of Wilbur Altman

Wilber wasn't a seadog, he actually worked for American Airlines, but has kindly sent in these six photos of Orsova in Pago Pago circa 1970.

 

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Courtesy of Wilbur Altman

 

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Courtesy of Wilbur Altman

 

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Courtesy of Wilbur Altman

 

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Courtesy of Wilbur Altman

 

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Courtesy of Wilbur Altman

 

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

That's Orsova in Circular Quay taken from the AMP Building in 1967.

 

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

It doesn't happen like that anymore, more's the pity.

    

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

Here's a great shot of Orsova at Circular Quay with Iberia slipping out from Pyrmont and about to go under the Coat Hanger.

  

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

Ron actually took this great shot himself.

   

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

  

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

The Opera House still under construction but nearly finished by the looks.

  

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

Nice

 

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Courtesy of Dr Euan Scrimgeour

1965
 

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Courtesy of Dr Euan Scrimgeour

1965

 

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Courtesy of Dr Euan Scrimgeour  

Ceuta 1965 

 

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