british Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. - Thompson & Anderson SS Oronsay (+1942)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1925
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weight (tons) 20043  grt
dimensions 200.7 x 22.9 x 10.1 m
material steel
engine 6 steam turbines geared to 2 screwshafts, 2 screws
power 3811  n.h.p.
speed 18  knots
yard no. 500
IMO/Off. no. 147948
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date lost 09/10/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.5rank: 661
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Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Glasgow
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Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Glasgow
Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. - Thompson & Anderson, London
captain Norman Savage
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entered 14/08/2008
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Allen Tony14/08/2008S/S Oronsay was a British Ocean Liner of 20,043 tons built in 1925 by John Brown, Clydebank for the Orient Steam Navigation Co., Glasgow. She was powered by a steam turbine giving 18 knots.

On the 9th October 1942 the liner Oronsay, Capt. Norman Savage, was torpedoed by Italian submarine ARCHIMEDE when serving as an auxiliary transport. The attack took place approximately 800 miles W.S.W. of Monrovia, Liberia, before daylight in drizzling rain, the explosion wrecking the engine and boiler rooms and bringing the vessel to a standstill.

A second torpedo, fired in broad daylight as the boats were being lowered, destroyed one boat, but the other boats got away in safety. The main party of 266 persons was picked up by a British warship soon afterwards and a smaller party was rescued after five days by the French sloop Dumont d´Urville and a French merchantman, and taken to Dakar where they were interned.

The loss of life was fortunately very small, only five persons being drowned. Capt. Savage was later made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his courage and seamanship. ship, when she was bombed at Marseille in June, 1940.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam

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About Owners
Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. - Thompson & Anderson, London

Founded by J. Thompson , ship broker, in 1797.
By 1863 restyled as Anderson ,Thompson and Co becoming Anderson and Anderson in 1869 trading as The Orient Line of Steam Packets ( Orient Line ).
In 1878 the Anderson's and the Green family of Blackwell Yard , London established the Orient Steam Navigation Company.

Orient Line was one of the most progressive and innovative British shipping companies in the Australian trade. The formation of Anderson, Thomson and Company in 1863 until absorption into P&O in 1966 and the brief revival of its name between 1977 and 1987.

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