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    Default Oriana Golden Cockrel

    I was a Junior Lecky on the Oriana 1969/70 and remember the Golden Cockerel, but I don't remember actually seeing it. When the opportunity arises in conversation I still mention it. It was something to be proud of - sailing on the fastest ship in the fleet.

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    threre is a hard back book on the history of the oriana. does anyone have a copy

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    Default Oriana: From dream to reality

    Terry, the book you will be referring to is ORIANA: FROM DREAM TO REALITY (ISBN 0951432818) published about 1995. I have a number of books on P&O, the Oriana and the Canberra, but not got round to getting that one yet. Comes up fairly regular on Ebay and several copies currently available on Abe Books:
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    I worked on both ships in the early 60's

    Until now had never heard of the said Cockerel

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    I remember the Golden Cockeral,

    I was a passenger( along with my wife & kids , ) on the Canberra for her final cruise Sept 97,

    The Golden Cockeral was transferred to the New Oriana in great ceremony via launches between Canberra & Oriana off the coast of Cannes, I have a video of it ,

    That final voyage on the Canberra was quite emotional for all onboard, for us moreso, as that is the ship that I met my wife on in 1984 whilst we both were serving onboard as PRS,s in the Meridean Lounge.

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    The Golden Cockrell

    I remember that Golden Cockrell well, from my time on Oriana in 1968.

    It was made from two sheets of heavy duty brass, about one inch apart. It was heavy.

    Myself and another Bridge Deck Boy had to do battle with that damn thing, every time that we had to locate it on its stand on the Monkey Island above the Bridge. We were always still steaming along at 30 mph whenever we were asked to lift it aloft and it often caught the wind, just to make it an even bigger struggle.

    I seem to recall that it was awarded to the fastest passenger ship to Australia and I only remember ever having to hoist it as we approached Australian ports. That would have been Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney in March 1968 and the same ports again when we returned on the next voyage in June 1968.

    Commodore Clifford Edgecombe was the old man.
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    I remember it well seem to recall it spent some time on the :monkey island: top of bridge
    my last voyage was No 31 Nov 68 to March 69
    R D Harris (dave) Leckey

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    Not to interfer with this thread but i recall the Stirling Castle doing the fastest Run from Southampton to the Cape, must look it up again as i cannot recall the Speed and time.
    Cheers

    No Golden Cockrel though LOL

    Here we go Lads

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    I only came across the Oriana once, on my first trip to sea, 1974, it might even not have been the Oriana but something similar, I was on a blacked out Denholms steam tanker which had recently been changed to Liberian flag and we were drifting off Monrovia, it was at night and we (the engineers) were all sitting on deck having a breather when a giant floating gin palace came by us with all lights blazing and we could hear the music playing , over the ships tanoy we heard someone say, "If the passengers looked over to the port side they would see a blacked out tanker". Needless to say we all replied as loud as we could shout F--- off don't know if they even heard us. But it carried on and steamed over the horizon, we eventually got the power back on and continued our voyage to the gulf.

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