Bassett-Lowke Waterline Model Ship SS Oronsay The Orient Line

Bassett-Lowke Waterline Model Ship SS Oronsay The Orient Line



This Amazing model of the SS Oronsay by Bassett Lowke is 100ft to 1inch and considering its size it is extremely well detailed and in superb condition never having left its box and is in immaculate condition.

This waterline model of the SS Oronsay is boxed and including the box both are in immaculate condition.

This is indeed a rare little model and was originally purchased and has been in the ownership of one very careful collector for many years

The original box has  Bassett Lowke markings

Weight: 42g

boxed: 25.5cm x 6cm x 3cm

SS Oronsay was the second Orient Line ship built after WW2. A sister ship to Orcades, she was named after the island of Oransay, off the west coast of Scotland. 

The liner was completed in 1951 at Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow in Furness, but was delivered several months behind schedule because of a serious fire that broke out in the fitting-out berth. The Oronsay operated the UK to Australasia service, via the Suez Canal. Her accommodation set new standards, in both first and tourist class, with decor by Brian O’Rourke. On 1 January 1954, Oronsay left Sydney on the first Orient Line transpacific voyage to Auckland, Suva, Honolulu, Victoria, Vancouver and San Francisco, returning via the same ports. In later years the transpacific sailings became a regular feature of the Orient/P&O services. In 1960 the Orient Line and P&O fleets were merged under the control of P&O-Orient Lines (Passenger Services) Ltd. Oronsaycontinued to operate under the Orient houseflag and retained her corn-coloured hull until 1964, when her hull was painted P&O white. In 1966, P&O having acquired the balance of the Orient shares (it had controlled Orient since 1919), Orient Line was wound up and Oronsay, along with her fleet mates, was transferred to the ownership of Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company and hoisted the P&O houseflag. Liner services were producing dwindling returns as jet airliner services between Europe and Australia expanded and Oronsay spent more and more time as a cruise ship, but, with declining passenger numbers, P&O could not sustain its large passenger fleet, withdrawals beginning in 1972. The large rises in the oil price in 1973/4 were the final straw and Oronsay was withdrawn from service, the penultimate example of the six post war 28,000 ton types (Arcadiasailed on until 1979). On 7 October 1975 she arrived at Kaohsiung to be broken up by the Nan Feng Steel Enterprise Co.

In popular culture

Oronsay was one of the ships seen in the 1958 British comedy film The Captain’s Table. Stock footage of all three post war Orient ships was used to depict the fictional SS Queen Adelaide and some scenes were shot on board at Tilbury Docks. Orient ships were also seen in stock footage in the 1962 British comedy film Carry on Cruising, in which Oronsay depicted the cruise ship SS Happy Wanderer.

See the others we have for sale bought from the same collector and in equally good condition


Additional information

Weight.50 kg
Dimensions30 × 30 × 10 cm