Ship Details

Rig

Passenger Liner

Built

1928

Tonnage

20,043g 12,027n

Dimensions

632.2 x 75.4 x 33.1

Demise

Orient Steam Navigation Co.Ltd., reg. Barrow. 1939: Requisitioned as a troopship. Allocated to the French Government for bringing troops from Madagascar. 1940 June 1: Bombed by German aircraft at Marseilles, set on fire, beached & burned out. 14 killed. 1947: Salvaged & scrapped at Savona, Italy.

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My father Colin Sydney Dowding served on the Orford when it was bombed and beached off Toulon in WW2. He was 15 years old and lucky enough to find his way back to Brittain. He was also on the Orcades 2 when she just made it out of Singapore before it fell to the Japanese. Later serving on her when torpedoed and sank off South Africa. He has since passed on, but very rarely spoke of any his war experiences.

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