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Troops (probably Australian Flying Corps) about to board the ORSOVA

Date: c 1916
Dimensions:
Overall: 121 x 161 mm, 1 mm, 0.04 kg
Medium: Photographic print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00027610
Place Manufactured:Victoria

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    Photograph by Melbourne photographer Josiah Barnes of troops about to board the troopship ORSOVA, Melbourne. This black and white image depicts a group of soldiers lined up on a wharf about to board. The soldiers walk in single file in full military gear carrying their white kit bags. The reverse has a handwritten inscription in pencil at left reading: `ORSOVA'. The same scene is depicted in photograph 00027605 and a similar scene in 00027607.
    HistoryMelbourne based photographer Josiah Barnes had two sons, Norm and Victor, who left for war in 1916 (both returned to Australia after their service). Barnes appears to have taken an interest around this time in photographing the troopships as they departed for war from Melbourne.

    ORSOVA was built by John Brown & Co., Glasgow and launched in November 1908 for the Orient Steam Navigation Company's London/ Australia service. The name ORSOVA was derived from a village on the Danube River in Europe was used to refer to a fleet of six ships ordered by the Orient Steam Navigation Co. The other vessels of the ORSOVA class were ORAMA, OTWAY, OSTERLEY, ORVIETO and OTRANTO.

    In 1914 ORSOVA was requisitioned by the Australian Government for use as a troopship. On 14 March 1917 ORSOVA came under attack from German torpedoes while transporting troops through the English Channel. The vessel was run aground by her captain and was not fit for use again until after the war had finished.

    After WW1 ORSOVA returned to servicing the London/ Australia passenger route, taking a final voyage in August 1936.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: TROOPS ABOUT TO BOARD THE "ORSOVA"

    Web title: Troops (probably Australian Flying Corps) about to board the ORSOVA

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