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RMS ORVIETO at East Circular Quay, Saturday 25 August 1923

Date: 1923
83 x 108 x 2 mm
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Photographer Frederick Garner Wilkinson
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00041561

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    RMS ORVIETO was photographed at wharf 6 East Circular Quay on Saturday 25 August 1923. This image was captured from a passing ferry. ORVIETO was active on the Australian passenger trade route between London and Australia via the Suez Canal.
    SignificanceThis photograph is part of the F G Wilkinson Photograph Collection, comprising more than 700 glass plate negatives of ships in Sydney Harbour between 1919 and 1936. The collection provides an extensive and well-documented coverage of the changing styles of shipping in the port of Sydney before the gradual decline of the coastal trade, and in a period which was probably the peak reached by commercial shipping in Australia. The backgrounds also reveal the changing face of the city and harbour foreshores.
    HistoryThe ORVIETO was built by Workman Clark at Belfast in 1909. It was chartered by the Orient Steam Navigation Co until 1919 when it was taken over by the P&O Line. The passenger ship of 12,133 tons could accommodate 1117 people. Its maiden voyage in 1909 was from London to Sydney and Melbourne via the Suez Canal. During World War I the ship was used as a minelayer and converted into an armed Merchant cruiser. In 1919 under the P&O line the ORVIETO resumed the passenger run between England and Australia, operating until 1930 when it was scrapped.
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    Web title: RMS ORVIETO at East Circular Quay, Saturday 25 August 1923

    Assigned title: RMS ORVIETO at East Circular Quay, Saturday 25 August 1923

    Collection title: F G Wilkinson Shipping Photographs Collection

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