SS Orford

A postcard from Grant in South Australia.

Built for Orient Lines in 1928, SS Orford was loaned to France during WW2 as a troop carrier. She ran aground in Marseilles while evacuating troops in 1940. It took seven years for her to be refloated, after which she was scrapped.

She made many journeys between Australia and England in the 1930’s. In 1934 she carried Don Bradman’s cricket team “The Invincibles” from Australia to England along with the Australian Davis Cup tennis team.

14 comments to SS Orford

  • […] interesting articles about ships. I add all my ship articles here. But if you’re interested:SS Orford – A short life. Don Bradman travelled on this ship.RMS Orion / SS Orion – The first “Ten Pound […]

  • My father Frank Arthur Hutchinson was on the SS Orford as a purser I beleive. Is there any way I could find out more about it – i.e. when he was actually with the ship and what voyages he made. Any help or information would be appreciated. Kind regards Lenna

  • Geoff

    I have an unofficial publication The ORFORD CALENDER with itinerary for the voyage on the 29th Sep 1929 to 2nd Jan 1930 Britain to Australia, table of distances etc. I intend to put it on ebay; I don’t expect it to be a huge money maker but just thought you may be interested. Geoff.

  • welove2cruise

    Hey Neil,
    I was just googling some information about Orford, and had to drop into your site to say hi. A bit of extra info on Orford which led to my search – it is the ship on the Sydney Harbour bridge commemorative stamp from 1932 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/80651083@N00/166876546/

  • Thanks for the info. Hey that’s a great stamp. I might have a look through my albums here and see if I have it.

  • Errol White

    My late father was a steerage passenger on the Orford on it’s maiden voyage from England to Australia, with several other Dreadnought Boys.

  • mike alden

    I have just purchased a photo album of a family cruise aboard the Orford dated august 1931 it has signed menus of passengers and crew.

  • Grandaughter

    My grandmother cruised on the orford after leaving scotland in 1928 on a work scheme at the age of 25 with a group of young ladies who had to work in Australia for 2 years. Some went back after 2 years of work. My grandmother meet my grandfather who is scottish and then came out to settle in New Zealand.

  • Rhonda Whitton

    My grandmother, mother and aunt sailed on the Orford in Oct/Nov 1928 from Naples to Melbourne, Australia, to be reunited with my grandfather who had sailed to Aust in 1922. They were very simple and poor family so the luxuriousness of this ship leaves me baffled as to how they afforded it. No assisted passage for them I know.

  • Sue Whibley

    My father was the third Engineer on the Orford in 1938 and met my mother during a cruise of the Med. I have menus and some pictures of their cruise taken on board.

  • Geoff Ackerman

    Hi Sue
    My late father sailed on the Orford from London to Sydney arriving 7/4/1938. I would love to see your photos of the ship as there are not many available
    regards
    Geoff Ackerman

  • Jacques

    I have a nice postcard image of the S.S. Orford. Again with crew in a boat in the foreground and hilly terrain in back but the bow pointing to the right.

  • A.B.Roberts

    My Grandfather and his Wife and Family,returned from Australia (Brisbane) on the Orford, in 1934.It appears the Australian Test team,
    and the Davis Cup team were also on board,and my Father and two brothers were able to watch them exercise on board.My Dad was only
    13 at the time,so it must have been a great trip,with so many famous people on board.He never mentioned it,sad!

  • Phillip Bone

    My grandfather, Wilfred Bone, worked on the Orford as an ‘Oiler/Greaser’ from 1937 right up until it was bombed & ran aground in Marseilles harbour on 1st June 1942. He managed to escape the fire by climbing down a rope. Somehow he found his way back through France, across the channel & to his parents house in Chatham Kent arriving there at 3.00am in just his boiler suit & white plimsoles. He had to throw stones up at the bedroom windows to wake the family.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>