|Owner||Orient Line (P & O)|
|Port of registry||Tilbury, Essex, United Kingdom|
|Builder||Vickers Armstrong Ltd. at Barrow-in-Furness, England|
|Launched||26 February 1929|
|Maiden voyage||June 1929|
|Fate||Scrapped at Valencia, Spain in 1962|
|Length||664 ft (202 m)|
|Beam||75 ft 2 in (22.91 m)|
|Draft||29 ft 8 in (9.04 m)|
|Installed power||2 steam turbines, 20,000 shaft horsepower (15,000 kW)|
|Speed||20 knots (37 km/h)|
SS Orontes was a passenger ship owned by Orient Line.
Its sister ships were Orama (II), Orford, Oronsay, and Otranto (II). Orontes was the last of the "Orama" Class and great effort was taken to make the public rooms of Orontes the best of this class. The name had previously belonged to the RMS Orontes, an earlier ship owned by the Orient Line.
Orontes maiden voyage was a Mediterranean Cruise in June 1929. From 1929 to 1940, it served on the England to Australia route. It carried the England cricket team on the way to the Bodyline tour in 1932.
The ship served on the England to Australia route from 1948 to 1962 (the ship was refitted as a single class passenger ship at Thornycroft in 1953). In August 1958, Orontes was involved in a collision with SS Empire Baltic, a landing ship used as a ferry on the River Thames. The Orontes was scrapped at Valencia, Spain in 1962.
- "Builder's model of SS Orontes". Sydney, New South Wales: Australian National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
- McKinstry, Leo (14 September 2007), "When cynicism eclipsed chivalry in sport", Daily Telegraph, London[dead link]
- "Orontes (1146027)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
- ORONTES (1929) (PDF), P&O Line, archived from the original (PDF) on 9 January 2007, retrieved 5 March 2009
- Geddes, FL (24 June 1948), "The Reconditioned "Orontes"", Shipbuilding and Shipping Record: 774 - article about the post-war refit
- McCart, Neil (1987), Passenger Ships of the Orient Line, P. Stephens, ISBN 978-0-85059-891-9