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Passenger Ships of the Orient Line Hardcover – 16 Nov 1987

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick Stephens Ltd; 1st edition (16 Nov. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850598915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850598919
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 21.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this for my Dad's upcoming 80th birthday as he was a Naval Officer in the 1950s and spent some time aboard the RMS Orion. It arrived today and I couldn't wait so I gave it to him and it has made an old man very happy! It also contains the ship that his sister emigrated to Australia on just after the war, where she still lives at 93, and also two of the ships that his Dad (my Grandad) was on when he was at sea, one of which was sunk and he was rescued by the Japanese. Dad is so thrilled with this book that he hasn't yet put it down. It has a section relating to each of the Orient Line ships, with photos, and some really interesting facts and information. I was unable to find out prior to purchasing whether or not it contained the Orion, so I will list the ships here for anyone who is looking for a specific vessel:

Garonne 1878, Lusitania 1878, Cuzco and Chimborazo 1878, Orient 1879, Austral 1882, Ormuz 1887, Ophir 1891, Omrah 1899, Orontes 1902, Orsova 1909, Otway 1909, Osterley 1909, Otranto 1909, Orvieto 1909, Orama 1911, Ormonde 1917, The German Trio of 1920 and 1921 - Ormuz, Omar and Orcades, Orama 1924, Oronsay 1925, Otranto 1926, Orford 1928, Orontes 1929, Orion 1935, Orcades 1937, Orcades 1948, Oronsay 1951, Orsova 1954, Oriana 1960 - the last of the line.

It also contains a short history of the Orient Line and A Voyage East with the Orient Line in 1912.

As we opened the cover, the first photograph was of the Orion which made it even more special for my Dad.

I would highly recommend this for anyone with any connection to the Orient Line, and also to anyone who has any interest in ships generally. My Dad couldn't be happier!
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I bought this because I have an interest in one particular Orient Line vessel of the early 20th century and enjoyed reading up the detailed information on it in this book. For anyone interested in the Orient Line this really is a fantastic book. The writer has delivered a huge history of the line and its ships, and as a ship enthusiast I thoroughly enjoy reading it. Sadly out of print but available second hand. My seller was excellent and posted it very quickly.
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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
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For some time now, I have been studying the history of passenger-ships as part of a large project with which I am currently involved. Researching ships and shipwrecks is what I do and this was one of a number of books purchased for that reason. Each new acquisition comes to the top of the pile in no particular order and, having just finished a wretchedly appalling so-called history of P&O Cruises (which was nothing more than blatant advertising for Carnival Cruises!), I was still a little angry when I picked up this book which just happened to be next. Almost immediately, my faith was restored.

Created in 1878, the Orient Line soon became the preferred shipping company for European travel to Australia and the Far East. With a reputation for comfort and quality, the company operated 31 vessels before merging with P&O in 1960.

In this carefully and skilfully produced work, the history of the Orient Line is told through those ships including the hardships of two world wars. Appearing in date order, each vessel is described with all the technical data and full career narrative. The Ophir of 1891, for example, spent part of her time as the official ‘Royal Yacht’ - although it does seem almost impossible for such a relatively low-profile ship to have sufficient room for that huge and very beautiful first-class dining saloon. Elsewhere, a photograph of the Otranto signed by the entire Australian cricket team of the day adds another dimension to the life-time of a ship which had two serious collisions before settling down to complete over 30 years loyal service. My own favourite, however, will always remain the Orcades - but then I did have a model of that ship when I was a boy.
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Bought this for my 85 year old dad, he loves it. He too was on the Orion in the 50's and I am always looking out for books on anything of interest to him. This one hits the spot as a carefully researched subject along with many good photographs. This is not a new book but it is a better buy than some of the newer books that I have bought as it is more than just a collection of old photographs. This one is a substantial bit of reading and also a hard cover. For seamen of a certain age with a link to the Orient line it is well worth buying. I got my copy from an amazon seller second hand but it was a good price. I don't think you can buy it new any more but I may be wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My faith was restored! 3 July 2014
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For some time now, I have been studying the history of passenger-ships as part of a large project with which I am currently involved. Researching ships and shipwrecks is what I do and this was one of a number of books purchased for that reason. Each new acquisition comes to the top of the pile in no particular order and, having just finished a wretchedly appalling so-called history of P&O Cruises (which was nothing more than blatant advertising for Carnival Cruises!), I was still a little angry when I picked up this book which just happened to be next. Almost immediately, my faith was restored.

Created in 1878, the Orient Line soon became the preferred shipping company for European travel to Australia and the Far East. With a reputation for comfort and quality, the company operated 31 vessels before merging with P&O in 1960.

In this carefully and skilfully produced work, the very history of the Orient Line is told through those ships, including the hardships of two world wars. Appearing in date order, each vessel is described with all the technical data and full career narrative. The Ophir of 1891, for example, spent part of her time as the official `Royal Yacht' - although it might seem almost impossible that such a relatively low-profile ship had sufficient room for that huge and very beautiful first-class dining saloon. Elsewhere, a photograph of the Otranto signed by the entire Australian cricket team of the day adds another dimension to the life-time of a ship which had two serious collisions before settling down to complete over 30 years loyal service. My own favourite, however, will always remain the Orcades - but then I did have a model of that ship when I was a boy.

Not only is this an excellent work, it is also a clear demonstration of how the history of any shipping line should be written and reproduced. The author has an engaging style of writing and the entire product is lavishly illustrated with B&W historic images. One can ask for no more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully informative and readable book with excellent photos & documentation 15 Jan. 2014
By Timothy W. Dick - Published on Amazon.com
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Unmissable for fans of the Orient Line with their industry-leading interior design that led the way out of the stodgy transatlantic tradition to tropically suited flexible interiors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Orsotheysay 15 Jun. 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed but had some issues with this this book for the exact same reasons as my review re: P and O by Neil McCart
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