Ship Details


Steel Twin Screw Steamer, 1,987 hp.



Built In


12,041g 6,697n

Built By


536.2 x 63.3 x 34.3


Orient Steam Navigation Co.Ltd., reg. Glasgow. 1915 May: Troop transport. 1917 Mar.14: Damaged by torpedo attack near Eddystone. 6 dead. Run ashore in Cawsand Bay, refloated and towed to Devonport for repairs. 1919 Jan: Troop transport to Australia. 1933: Refitted as one-class ship. 1936 Oct.: Broken up at Bo'ness.



In July of 1915 My grandfather, William Love Kirkwood, a medical officer with the rank of Major, sailed on the "Orsova" which had been requisitioned as a troop ship. He arrived in Suez on the 11th August, two days after the Battle of Lone Pine. In June of 1919 he was awarded an O.B.E. for his services.

My father aged 19 years arrived in Freemantle Australia on board the S S "OTRANTO" having departed from the Port of LONDON 7th JANUARY 1928. As a young man he worked with others on harvesting the Wheatfields of Australia finishing up in BRISBANE when he boarded the "ORSOVA" 3 rd Class arriving 29th JULY 1931 at TILBURY DOCKS, LONDON England via SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, FREEMANTLE, COLOMBO, PORT SAID,NAPLES, TOULON and GIBRALTER.

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