ORONTES AVENUE - Walney Island

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Named after The SS Orontes which was built by local shipbuilders Vickers-Armstrong. Completed in 1929 she went into service on the London to Australia run. During the Second World War she was converted in to a troopship and took part in the landings in North Africa. In 1943 she landed troops in Sicily and at Salerno in Italy. After the war, she was converted back in to a one class ship and carried many thousands of immigrants to Australia. Orontes was retired from service in 1962 and was broken up at Valencia in Spain.








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