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stephen flaherty
12th November 2009, 08:34 PM
Hi, I was on the Oriana in 1964 to the end of 65. I started in the gally as a kitchen porter and then went into tourist as a waiter.....It was beat the clock! dry cleaning, stealing back the side plates from the Goenese. I can remember one night I had been telling a Goenese not to take my side plates from my draw for the fourt time and then I lost it and emptied a jug of water over him.

I had two sittings of four,my tables were right at the end by the doors,I had never worked in catering before and it showed,
I had a great time on the Oriana and finished of by becoming a wine steward.

Des Taff Jenkins
13th November 2009, 07:14 AM
Hi Stephen.
Welcome to the site although i see you have posted 6 times so I must have missed you before. There are quite a few who have sailed on the Oriana on site. If you click on search on the task bar on the top of the page and type in Oriana, you wuill get the post of people who have sailed on her. Enjoy the tall tales and messroom banter.
Cheers Des

Doc Vernon
13th November 2009, 08:32 AM
Hi Stephen
Well mate sounds as though you had it real easy on the Oriana!
Two Sitting of Four! Bleedin picnic mate! haha!:)
I was introduced to the Asst Stwd side with 2 Sittings of Fourteen!!
Like a bleedin Circus! What with all the Bloods wanting nearly everything on the Menu too! LOL!:D Great times though,and i would do it all again!

happy daze john in oz
14th November 2009, 05:13 AM
Vernon mate, aircraft carriers were quite common on some of the older Castle liners. Could you imagine any of todays shore side wingers being able to copw with that?

Neville Roberts
14th November 2009, 04:43 PM
the last 2 cruises I did as a passenger )the wingers had 3 tables of 8, and a busboy per sitting, I dont know how they did it must have had the food all plated up like banquet service, the only diference was the meal times ,they had more time 2 hours first sitting second at 8 pm not like our days with only 1,1/4 for the first:)

Archie Linton
30th July 2010, 11:26 PM
Joined "Oriana"in Barrow,trials on the "Arran Mile"then to Falmouth to have stabilisers fitted.Up to Southampton for the"shakedown cruise"to Lisbon,Where I lost my cherry.(I still can't abide garlic breath).Then did the maiden voyage,I was catering boy in the 1st Class Saloon,(although we liked to describe ourselves as"Commis Waiters")for some reason I remember there was an unusually high number of"Scousers" aboard,for an Orient Liner,probably due to her crewing in Barrow.They were a great bunch of guys,who may have experienced some "culture shock" doing a four month trip having spent years in Cunard trans-Atlantic.

Neville Roberts
31st July 2010, 12:14 PM
I was also on the Oriana as a tourist waiter , there were a lot of scousers on her like me who were very happy too do a 4 month trip on her after the strike . my previous ships were mainly cargo boats before that except for a couple of trips on the ceanarvon castle to SA , and the Orontes wich also went too Aussie ,after the Oriana ,it was mainly the atlantic run cunard and cpr. you must have had 2 four tops by the entrance like me a long way too the galley EH. but we had no goanese at that time , great ship and great trip. :D:D

paul smith
10th August 2010, 07:43 PM
Hi Stephen.

Remember it well with the Gooanese pinching your side plates ect,And i remember it from the early 70's.What a great life it was.It's a part of my life i will never forget.I wish i had given my whole life to the M.N. but life takes different directions and i wont ever regret how my life panned out.Hope life has been good to you.

Paul Smith.

Doc Vernon
10th August 2010, 08:18 PM
Hi Paul Smith
Would just like to give you a warm Welcome to this very good site!
Here you will find lots of info,good Crew and with luck also find a few old Shipmates!
So sit back,relax and just enjoy the trip!
Hope we will have you here for a long time!
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happy daze john in oz
11th August 2010, 06:57 AM
G'day Paul and welcome tot he site. Do you have a list of your ships and maybe somedates you could post on site. Never know someone out there may remember you. So sit back with a cold one and enjoy the voyage.

paul smith
11th August 2010, 11:33 AM
Hi Vernon ( castleman ),

Thank you so much for the warm welcome,I will say though the pleasure is all mine :),It's good to see someone take the time to create such a site as this,I only wish i had the patience to do it.Well getting back to the Flag Project i have tried to get on the site to register my details but i am unable to do it,so if you would be so kind as to pass on my information i would be so gratefull.

Name : Paul Smith

Ship : Oriana

No : R 896619

paul smith
20th August 2010, 02:34 PM
Hi John,

I dont know if you know,But if you go on " Google " and type in SS ORIANA there is a site for crew only with lots of picture of old crew members with some good and funny stories on,and you can also add on old shipmates you are looking for.I have found quite a few mates an had a good old yarn about old times.The crew member who runs it lives in Oz and goes by the name Buzzer,contact him and you may be supprised who you could possibly meet cheers and good hunting.

Paul :R896619

White Star
20th August 2010, 08:50 PM
Welcome aboard Paul. The Oriana was a beautiful Vessel, I look forward to hearing some of your stories on life onboard.

Regards, Bill