HMAT A67 Orsova

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HMAT A67 Orsova
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Name HMAT A67 Orsova
Owner Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Glasgow
Builder John Brown & Co, Clydebank
Yard number 383
Launched 7 Nov 1908
Completed 1909
In service 1909
Out of service 21 Oct 1936
Fate scrapped
General characteristics
Type Passenger Liner
Tonnage 12,041 tons
Length 536.2 ft (163.43m)
Beam 63.3 ft (19.29m)
Depth 34.3 ft (10.45m)
Propulsion twin screw
Speed 18 knots (33.34 kph)
Capacity 1310 passengers


Owned by Pacific & Oriental Steam Navigation Co Ltd, of London to operate a passenger service between London and Australia (via the Suez Canal).. Could carry 280 first class, 130 second class, and 900 third class passengers. Requisitioned as a troop ship by the Commonwealth from 1915 until 28 Feb 1917 (when her management was transferred to the British Admiralty), she made five voyages from Australia.

On 14 Mar 1917, while operating for the British Admiralty, at 4:50pm she was damaged by either a torpedo fired by the German submarine U-68, or a mine laid by the same submarine. Beached in Cornwall, she was towed to Devonport where she was repaired, but given the priority of other work repairs were not completed before the end of hostilities. In 1919 she resumed her UK - Australia route. (See SS Orsova for 1919 activities). Her last voyage was in 1936 before she was broken up in Scotland.

Soldiers carried

Fremantle to Port Suez 22 Jul - ?? Aug 1915

Sydney to Port Suez 10 November - 8 December 1915

Embarked in Melbourne on 12 November

Sydney to Suez 11 March - 14 April 1916

Embarked in Melbourne on 16 March

Sydney to Plymouth 29 July - 14 September 1916

Embarked in Melbourne on 1 August

Other Voyages

  • 14 July 1915 from Sydney via Melbourne on 17 July 1915
  • 2 December 1916 from Sydney via Melbourne on 6 December 1916

29 July 1916 from Sydney, New South Wales