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SS Orsova (1908)
SS Orsova was an ocean liner owned by the Orient Steam Navigation Company. She was built by John Brown & Company at Clydebank, Scotland in 1909 to operate a passenger service between London and Australia (via Suez Canal). Tonnage: 12,026 tons. Length: 163 metres (535 ft). Breadth: 19 metres (62 ft). Maximum speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph). Passengers: 1310 (consisting of 280 first class, 130 second class, 900 third class). Maiden voyage: 25 June 1909. During one of her voyages in 1914 two passengers aboard RMS Orsova were Bronislaw Malinowski, the Polish scientist, and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939) the well-known Polish artist, playwright and philosopher. The journey to Ceylon was intended by Witkiewicz as a cure for his psyche after the suicide of his fiancée, Ms. Jadwiga Janczewska. Commandeered as a troopship in 1915. On 14 March 1917, she was damaged by a mine laid by German submarine UC-68 and beached in Cornwall, but was repaired in Devonport and resumed the passenger service on the UK to Australia route in 1919. Her last voyage was on 20 June 1936, and she was broken up at Bo’ness, Scotland.
- Miller, William H., Jr (1995). Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860–1994. New York: Dover.
- Bremer, Stuart (1984). Home and Back: Australia’s Golden era of Passenger Ships. Sydney: Dreamweaver Books.
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