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Oriana 41915 GRT, loa 245m, 1700 passengers Ordered in 1959 by British Orient Lines, she was the fastest ship on the Australian run. In 1965 Orient Lines merged with P&O Lines and she became a fleetmate of Canberra (see above). During the latter part of her career, she was used as a cruise ship, based in the UK and from 1981 onwards in Australia. She was taken out of service in 1986 and was sold to become a convention centre in Beppu, Japan and later as a hotel ship in China. In 2004, during a storm, she partially flooded and listed badly. She was righted however but she proved to be beyond repair and was sold to local scrappers in 2005.

28 photographs, made in 1981 during a ship visit in Rotterdam.