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The Orient Line of steamers between London and Australia took up the work of the Orient Line of clipper packets, which, in the days of sailing ships, used to ply between London and Adelaide.

In April 1877 it was announced that * the Orient Line would sail the under-mentioned steamships of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company to Australia," and that connexion between the two organizations has been continued and strengthened till in 1901 the name of Orient Line was changed to that of Orient-Pacific. In June of 1877 the Lusitania was dispatched from London to Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney, via the Cape of Good Hope.

Other sailings followed at about two-monthly intervals. In the following year the present line came into existence. It was formed by the joint efforts of Messrs Anderson, Anderson and Co., and F. Green and Co., who are the managers of the line.

When the service was begun it was intended to be run monthly, but the increase of traffic soon demonstrated that fortnightly sailings would be successful. This extension was determined on in 1880, the year following that in which the Orient, the first ship specially built for the company's trade, commenced work.

Since 1888 the Orient Company has carried the mails to Australia by contract with the English Post Office once a fortnight. These dispatches, alternating with those of the P. and O, give Australia a weekly mail. Several twin-screw steamers have been built for this service by both the Orient and the Pacific Companies.

It was the Orient liner Ophir which took the place of a Royal Yacht for the Imperial tour of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1901. The steamers of the Orient Line call regularly at Plymouth, Gibraltar, Marseilles, Naples, Port Said, Suez, Colombo, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Passenger Lists of the Orient Line

1899-04-28 Ships List for the R.M.S. Orient

1899-04-28 Ships List for the R.M.S. Orient

  • Steamship Line: Orient Line
  • Steamship: R.M.S. Orient
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 28 April 1899
  • Route: London (Tilbury) to Australian Ports (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Albany) via Plymouth
  • Commander: Captain A. T. Pritchard, Lt. R.N.R
1947-12-30 Ships List for the R.M.S. Orion

1947-12-30 Ships List for the R.M.S. Orion

  • Steamship Line: Orient Line
  • Steamship: R.M.S. Orion
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 30 December 1947
  • Route: London (Tilbury) to Sydney via Aden, Colombo, Port Said, Fremantle, and Melbourne
  • Commander: Captain C. Fox, C.B.E
1948-02-07 Ships List for the R.M.S. Orion

1948-02-07 Ships List for the R.M.S. Orion

  • Steamship Line: Orient Line
  • Steamship: R.M.S. Orion
  • Class of Passengers: First Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 7 February 1948
  • Route: Sydney to Southampton via Melbourne, Fremantle, Colombo, Aden, and Port Said
  • Commander: Captain C. Fox, C.B.E
  • Notable Passengers: The Rt. Hon. The Viscount and Viscountess Nuffield, G.B.E., Rt. Hon. Lord and Lady Rotherwick, Col. The Rt. Hon, Sir Leslie Wilson, G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., D.S.O. and Lady Wilson, Sir George Aylwen and Lady Aylwen, The Archbishop of Melbourne & Mrs. J. J. Booth, The Bishop of Riverina and Mrs. C. H. Murray, Rt. Rev. R. Thomas, Bishop of Willochra, Dr. W. H. Johnson, Bishop of Ballarat
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