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RMS Ophir

RMS Ophir in civilian service
United Kingdom
Owner: Orient Steam Navigation Company
Port of registry: Glasgow
Builder: Robert Napier and Sons, Glasgow
Laid down: 11 April 1891
Launched: November 1891
Reclassified: 1915 requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to armed merchant cruiser
Struck: 1918
Fate: Scrapped 1922 at Troon
General characteristics
Class and type: cargo and passenger liner fitted with refrigeration equipment
Tonnage: 6,814 GRT
Length: 465 ft (142 m)
Beam: 53 ft (16 m)
Draught: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Depth: 37 ft (11 m)
Installed power: 10,000 indicated horsepower (7,500 kW)
Speed: 18.5 knots (34.3 km/h)

RMS Ophir was a twin-screw ocean liner of the Orient Steam Navigation Company of London, which worked the company's London — Aden — Colombo — Australia route from 1891. In 1901 she served as the royal yacht HMS Ophir. In 1915 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and was an armed merchant cruiser until 1918, when she was returned to her owners. She was not restored to passenger service, but was scrapped in 1922.



One appreciative passenger was "the Welsh Swagman" Joseph Jenkins who embarked at Melbourne on 24 November 1894, bound for Tilbury Docks in a second-class cabin at the fare of £26 15s 6d.[1] When he first saw the vessel, it appeared so huge that he wrote "it is a wonder to me that it would move".[2]:p.370 Jenkins, a noted diarist, proceeded to record in detail the 103-day voyage passing through the new Suez Canal.[2]:pp.371–382[3]

In 1901, as HMS Ophir, she took the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (the future King George V and Queen Mary) on their tour of the British Empire. The visit was scheduled to open the new Federal Parliament in Melbourne, Australia,[4] but the royal party also visited Gibraltar, Malta, Ceylon, the Straits Settlements, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and Colony of Newfoundland.[5] The Admiralty provided crew for the tour, while the engine-room staff came from the Orient Company´s own engineers.

A petty officer named Harry Price was with the tour from February to November 1901, and made a careful record, later published as The Royal Tour 1901, or the Cruise of H.M.S. Ophir; Being a Lower Deck Account of their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York's Voyage Around the British Empire. The 1901 cruise was also filmed by CPO McGregor working for AJ West's 'Our Navy' company and cinematograph film and lantern slides of the cruise were shown to the British Royal Family and staff at Sandringham on 9 November 1901.

On the completion of the royal tour, Ophir was paid off at Tilbury Docks 6 November 1901.[6]


  1. ^ Jenkins, Joseph (1975). Evans, W (ed.). Diary of a Welsh Swagman 1869–1894. Melbourne: Macmillan. p. 214.
  2. ^ a b Phillips, B (2002). Pity the Swagman. Aberystwyth: Cymdeithas Lifrau Ceredigion Gyf.
  3. ^ Jenkins's Australian diary is held at the State Library of Victoria. Dr Phillips's biography includes an informative summary with excerpts of the sea voyage.
  4. ^ "Royalty in Australia" (PDF). The New York Times. 9 June 1901.
  5. ^ Nicolson, Harold (1959). "Ophir itinerary". King George V: His Life and Reign . NY: Doubleday. p. 68.
  6. ^ "The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York". The Times (36604). London. 5 November 1901. p. 6.


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Categories: 1891 in the United Kingdom | 1891 ships | 1901 in Australia | Auxiliary cruisers of the Royal Navy | Ships built on the River Clyde | Ships of the Orient Line | Passenger ships of the United Kingdom | Steamships of the United Kingdom

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