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Oriana

Discussion in 'Everything Else Heritage' started by 60017, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. 60017

    60017 Part of the furniture Friend

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    Due to leave the P & O fleet later this year, 'Oriana' has served the company for 24 years. Captured here in the stillness of a summer morning, just after sunrise. as she makes her stately way to her Southampton berth. She will be sadly missed by those aboard and ashore. Oriana 11-08-18.jpg
     
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    Rather more elegant than some of the floating blocks of flats I've seen on my travels latterly.
     
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    60017 Part of the furniture Friend

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    Funny isn't it...she was considered to be quite the opposite when she entered service!
     
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    Its predecessor was also not a good looking ship for its time;
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    Agreed! Canberra was much more pleasing to the eye!

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    Ahh well, that's it...she's gone. Left Soton this morning bound for Piraeus and refitting for her Chinese afterlife as 'MV Piano Land' :eek:

    This was the last picture I took of her; outbound at Calshot on a dull summer day last year. Farewell old girl :( you served your company and flag with distinction.

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    We watched it with sadness go by about an hour ago.
     
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    I don’t suppose the ship’s Engineers and other technical staff will be too sorry to see her go. In my forty years experience as an Engineer in the Merchant Navy a ship of her age becomes a nightmare to operate.
     
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    Saw her in 1995 by Dartford as entered Thames seemed huge and so smart then, but in comparison to the leviathans I see around the Caribbean islands quite insubstantial.
     
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    True...still, it gets them out of the control room to do some work! ;) (My Dekkie chums would love that comment)
     
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    I can remember this Old Lady arriving in Auckland on her maiden voyage.1960ish.
     
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    She was much better in plain white with off beige / mustard stack! Taken in August 2010 departing Southampton.

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    Proper P&O colours. I'm told the new name 'Piano Land' is a nod to her history...ie Pi & O. Personally I think it sounds like a musical instrument mega-store!
     
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    Those of us who have worked for P& O often thought we were in La La Land!
     
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    Don’t suppose there’s room for her at Toddington to display alongside 35006. :)
     
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    DSCN6203.JPG Whilst on the subject of older ships and a steam driven one at that, SS Shieldhall going past Ryde Pierhead a few moments ago
     
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    Bugga just missed her, I was on the slightly late 1640 ex Pompey cat:mad:
     
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    Having had the privilege of working on P&O Gas tankers I can but agree.
     
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    She made it to Piraeus. Be interesting to see what she looks like after her re-fit :Watching:
     
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    I will have sailed with some of your erstwhile shipmates then, Martin. Several of them were to be found on the Gibsons fleet on occasion.

    Mark
     
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