A somewhat last minute decision to enter this comp - the Orleans Class ocean liner:
SS Orleans (1935)
SS Rossiter (1939)
Speed: 32kn (max), 28kn (service)
A class of two ships designed for speed and comfort, serving the routes from Esperance to Cape Town and Esperance to Southampton. Due to their use in the tropics they were designed to enable air flow and ventilation for cooling as well as making extensive use of new technologies in air conditioning, with their interiors reflecting this approach as well as providing a more relaxed ambience than the more formal aesthetic prevalent on contemporary transatlantic liners. While fitted with a catapult and aircraft facilities for more efficient and wider ranging mail delivery, these was removed from SS Orleans 4 years into its service and SS Rossiter was built without one. Both ships had their maiden voyages prior to the start of World War 2 (though SS Rossiter by only a few months), and saw wartime service as troopships primarily transporting Recherchean, Australian and New Zealand troops to Egypt and England. Upon the return of peace and the repatriation of service men and women, both ships resumed service on their pre-war routes and, increasingly, on cruise voyages. SS Rossiter was sold for scrap in 1972, but SS Orleans managed to survive and is a permanent exhibit and conference centre at the National Maritime Museum in Esperance Harbour.
A sister ship - SS Victoria - was built in Australia for the Australian Line to serve Pacific routes, primarily between Sydney and Los Angeles/Auckland.