This website is a SAMBROOK Family Genealogy website dedicated to the origins of the Sambrook family.Created by Ian Sambrook, currently living in Gisborne New Zealand
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Orcades was the first Orient Line post-war new ship built, replacing the 1937 built Orcades which was lost in the war. Orcades was transferred to P&O Line ownership in 1962, later losing her distinctive yellow hull. She was sold for scrap in 1973.
As a two class ship, she provided accommodation for 773 First Class and 772 Tourist Class. Later, in 1964, she became a one class ship accommodating 1635 passengers. Her specifications are as follows. 28,164 GRT (tons), length 706ft (216m), width 60ft (27.6m), Draft 30ft 5in. With twin screws and steam geared turbines Orcades achieved 24.7 knots during her sea trials in November.
In 1964, Orcades received yet another refit, turning her into an all one class ship. The first class Grill Room was converted to a 157 seat cinema. She now catered for 1635 passengers. The traditional Orient Line corn coloured hull was painted white, making her ready for a dual role as a passenger liner and cruise ship. Her first departure as a one class liner was in May 1964.
The order to build the new Orcades was given once more to the builder who had constructed Orcades (II), which had been completed in 1937 being Vickers Armstrong Ltd at Barrow-in-Furness and her hull was laid down in yard 950.
She was launched in October 1947 and was completed just over a year later on November 14, 1948. She underwent her deep sea trials that same month and achieved a respectable 24.74 knots. The cost to build the RMS Orcades was £3,418,000.
SS Orcades (III) Specifications:
Built by: Vickers Armstrong Ltd, at Barrow-in-Furness.
Launched: October 14, 1947
Tonnage: 28,164 GRT / 1959 - 28,399 GRT (Gross Registered Tons).
Dead Weight: 11.140 d.w.
Length: 709ft - 216m.
Width: 64ft - 27.6m.
Draught: 30.5ft - 9.4m.
Motive power: 6 x single reduction steam gear turbine engines by her builders.
Screws: Twin - 24,000 BHP.
Speed: 22 Knots - Max 24.74 at trails.
Passengers: 1948 - 773 First Class & 772 Tourist Class / 1964 - 1,635 One Class.
1948 - Partial Air-conditioned / 1959 - Fully Air-conditioned.
In 1964 the Sambrook family consiting of Mum, Dad, Andrew (3 yrs old) and Ian (7 years old) left England aboard the
SS Orcades to begin a new life in New Zealand
After she was finished she was handed over to her owners, Orient Steam Navigation Company (Orient Line) and she departed on her maiden voyage on the 14th December 1948 from London (Tilbury Docks), sailing to Australia and New Zealand via Gibraltar, Naples, Port Said, Aden, Colombo, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The Orcades was the first new liner to reach Australia after the war. She continued on this service for the next six years. In August 1955, Orcades departed London for her first sailing to New Zealand and Australia via the Panama Canal and returning to the UK via the Suez Canal.
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