• Short Summary

    At Barrow-in-Furness in Lancashire, Nov 3, Princess Alexandra launched the 40,000-ton "Oriana" - biggest liner ever launched in England, and Britain's largest since the "Queen Elizabeth", twenty years ago.

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    At Barrow-in-Furness in Lancashire, Nov 3, Princess Alexandra launched the 40,000-ton "Oriana" - biggest liner ever launched in England, and Britain's largest since the "Queen Elizabeth", twenty years ago.

    With an overall length of 804 feet and 80,000 HP maximum, the "Oriana" will have a service speed of 27 1/2 knots, reducing the time of passage from London to Sydney from four to three weeks.

    Air-conditioned throughout, she will accommodate 900 crew, 600 First Class and 1,500 Tourist Class passengers. For relaxation, there are three swimming pools, a large cinema, a ballroom and dance floor, as well as the usual passenger amenities.

    Completed in just over two years, the GBP14 million liner has the largest superstructure of all-welded aluminium ever built into a ship - 1040 tons of it. She has been fitted with a new system of transverse propulsion, devised by Vickers-Armstrong, to facilitate sideways manoeuvring in confined waters.

    "Oriana" is the latest addition to the Orient Fleet, consisting of five passenger liners ranging from 20,000 to 29,000 tons, and a tanker of 37,000 tons which will make her maiden voyage next month. The new liner will be engaged on the Suez route to Australia and on the Pacific route.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9LQ3G10M23UDLX60807PN1T93
    Media URN:
    VLVA9LQ3G10M23UDLX60807PN1T93
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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