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SS Orcades was an ocean liner serving primarily the UK – Australia – New Zealand route. She started service as a British Royal Mail Ship (RMS) carrying first and tourist class passengers. Orcades carried many migrants to Australia and New Zealand and was later used as a cruise ship.

Built at the Barrow yard of Vickers-Armstrongs, Orcades (yard no. 950) had an identical hull and machinery to P&O's Himalaya (yard no. 951), but differed in superstructure and interior layout.

In the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne the Orcades served as an accommodation ship. The ship was refitted in 1959 and 1964. Under the 1964 refit Orcades became a single class vessel and her hull colour changed from 'Orient corn' to white. In 1952 Orcades was fitted with a 'top hat' funnel extension to clear smoke from the after decks.
The vessel's near sister ships were Oronsay and Orsova. She was scrapped in Taiwan in 1972

Orcades is the Latin name for the Orkney Islands.
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