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NAME

MV. ORANJE (ANGELINA LAURO) (ANGELINA)

CLASS

LINER

LAUNCHED

SEPTEMBER 8th 1938

BUILT

NEDERLANDSCHE SCHEEPSBOUW MAATSCHAPPIJ / AMSTERDAM

WEIGHT

20,565 TONS

LENGTH

566 FEET

WIDTH

83 FEET

SPEED

21 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES - TWO PROPELLERS


The largest shipping company in Holland at this time was the Holland America Line that operated the countries largest liners on the North Atlantic run. The two smaller Dutch companies, the Nederland Line and Rotterdamshe Lloyd Line, provided a service between Holland and the Dutch East Indies. Oranje was the largest liner built for the Nederland Line at that time. She completed two cruises from Amsterdam - Madeira before entering service on the East Indies run. Oranje set out on her first voyage from Amsterdam around the Cape of Good Hope and on to Bativa/Dutch East Indies September 4th 1939. The escalation of World War Two led to the Nederland Line laying her up at Surabaya/East Indies. Australian authorities took control of Oranje in 1941 so they could operate her as a hospital ship. After being returned to the Nederland Line in 1947, they had Oranje undergo a refit before deploying her on a new route between Amsterdam, Southampton and Djakarta/East Indies.

Oranje

Following the Dutch East Indies gaining independence from Holland in 1949, trade between the two countries began to deteriorate. This led to Oranje being relocated on the Amsterdam - Southampton, Suez, Singapore and Australia run in 1958. She underwent a refit in 1959 before setting out on her first round the world voyage in 1960. After completing 16 of these voyages, eight in each direction, she was sold to the Italian ‘Lauro Line’ in 1964. The new owners had Oranje undergo an extensive rebuild that increased her volume to 24,377 tons. Two years later, she re-entered service on the Bremen - Southampton, Suez, Australia and New Zealand run under the name Angelino Lauro. The ever-declining numbers of passenger traveling on that route by ship led to her being operated as a full time cruise ship from 1971. Costa chartered Angelino Lauro in 1978 to be operated under the name Angelina. During a Caribbean cruise March 31st of that year, a galley fire spread throughout her decks while moored at St Thomas/Virgin Islands. The burned out hulk of Angelina sank in mid Pacific September 21st 1979 when on tow to the scrap yard at Kaohsuing/Japan.

Below, Angelina Lauro at Sydney/Australia
Angelina Lauro

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