SS Oriana was the last of the Orient Steam Navigation Company ocean liners. She was built at Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire and launched on 3 November 1959. She sailed as an Orient Line ship until 1966 when that company was fully absorbed into the parent P&O group. From 1973 Oriana was converted to operate as a cruise ship and from 1981 until retirement in March 1986 was based in Sydney. After a layup of two months, the ship was sold and moved to Osaka to become a floating hotel. This venture was ultimately not very successful, and she was subsequently sold to Chinese interests in 1995. The ship again served as a floating hotel and tourist attraction in Shanghai until 2002, when she was moved to Dalian. In 2004 Oriana was damaged in a storm; repairs proved to be unfeasible and she was towed to a ship breakers yard and dismantled in 2005. (from Wikipedia)
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