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HMAT ORONTES 16 August 1916

Date: 15 August 1916
Overall: 121 x 167 mm, 1 mm, 0.04 kg
Medium: Photographic print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00027619
Place Manufactured:Victoria

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    This black and white photograph by Melbourne photographer Josiah Barnes depicts the starboard side and bow of the troopship ORONTES beside a wharf. The ORONTES is packed with soldiers who throw streamers to the crowd of civilians on the wharf below. A raised wooden platform visible at the lower left corner leads to the terminal marked "beware of trains and vehicles". An abandoned pram appears at the lower left. The photograph is inscribed `-HMAT ORONTES- 15.8.16.(sic)" at lower center.
    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.

    SS ORONTES was a 9,028 ton Royal Mail steamer built in 1902 at Clyde, Scotland and managed by the Orient Line. The ship was designed specifically for the Australian mail and passenger service. It could accommodate 320 first class and 320 third class passengers. Its maiden voyage left from Tilbury, Britain on 24 October 1902 for Sydney, Australia travelling via the Suez Canal. The ship became popular with passengers and conducted numerous trips to Australia for 14 years until it was requisitioned in 1916 for service in WWI as a troopship. For a short period after 1921 the vessel was renamed BRITISH TRADE and used as an exhibition ship. In 1922 it once again came under the management of the Orient Line who renamed it ORONTES and placed the vessel back on the Australian passenger trade route until 1926 when it was scrapped.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Troopship ORONTES, Melbourne

    Assigned title: HMAT ORONTES 16 August 1916

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