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    Does anyone remember the Golden Cockrell on Oriana.The fastest ship in the fleet.
    As luck would have it i spent my 30th wedding anniversary on the new Oriana on a three week cruise around the Caribbean.At the Captains cocktail party i mentioned it to the Captain and he told me it was stuck in a cupboard up by the bridge.After telling him that the crew used to be proud of it mounted on the funnel he had it moved to the gang plank every time we went ashore so all the passengers could see it.I have a couple of photos with it and will try to attach it to this thread.

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    never heard of that but remember beating all the records on the maiden voyage , we did 31 or 2 knots some days across the pacific to long beach. WOW I think these modern ships would fall apart at that speed for days on end

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    Hi Neville,

    You suprise me of not knowing about it,but we were very fond of it especially when we used to meet up with the Canberra they wern't happy campers lol.

    Paul.

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    Is this the eqivalant of the Blue Riband for the fastest ship across the Atlantic? Never heard of it before.The only golden cockerell I know is the Courage Brewery logo!!
    R 627168 On all the Seas of all the World
    There passes to and fro
    Where the Ghostly Iceberg Travels
    Or the spicy trade winds blow
    A gaudy piece of bunting,a royal ruddy rag
    The blossom of the Ocean Lanes
    Great Britains Merchant Flag

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    Hi Mortnj,

    Yes i have heard of the Blue Riband before about crossing the Atlantic.I dont know for sure but it must just be a P&O thing.

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    I guess it was,nt given until the end of the maiden voyage , thats when I left her, and it was my only trip with PO .the oriana was merged with the Po as it was built as an Orient liner I think the other orient boat I did was the orontes and she did,nt even come close too being fast

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    Always under the impression that absolute top speed was never published. Ships at that time could still be taken over in the event of war so top speed was top secret!
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

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    Got a picture of it somewhere stuck up on its perch above the Monkey Island. Designed especialy to annoy the Canberra so I was told since even in the late 60s the Orient Line ethos still existed aboard her.

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    Hi paedrig,

    Its nice to know someone else remembers the Cockrell sat upon its perch,I thought i was the only one left.

    Paul.

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    Hi Paul,

    Whoever had the task of polishing it sure did a fine job! One thing I don't know...do they play the Oriana fanfare on the new vessel? Once heard never forgotten!

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