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Date: 1864 - 1949
Overall: 30 x 43 x 10 mm
Medium: Watercolour
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00001285

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    A watercolour of the RMS ORTONA at sea by Frederick Elliott. The ORTONA was renamed the ARCADIAN in 1909 and served as a troopship during WW1.
    Significancethe ARCADIAN became a troopship in 1915, and served as the headquarters ship for Sir Ian Hamilton during the Gallipoli campaign. On 15 April 1917, she was torpedoed by a German submarine while en route from Salonika to Alexandria. She sank within five minutes, with the loss of 277 lives out of the 1,335 on board.
    HistoryPacific Steam's ORTONA was built by Vickers, Sons and Maxim, of Barrow. She was launched in 1899 and made her maiden voyage for the Pacific Steam/Orient Line service from Liverpool to Australia.
    The Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. acquired Pacific Steam in 1906 and ended the joint service with Orient Line in 1909. The ORTONA was then converted into a cruise ship and was renamed th ARCADIAN.

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