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Prince Ludwick
later the Orcades
Twin Screw Passenger Liner; 9,764t.; 1903…1925

In 1919 the Prince Ludwick brought Australian servicemen home following the Great War. Amongst the AIF contingent was Private William Henry Kay (Bill) with his war-bride Mary Ann Connell Richardson (Molly) emigrating from Kilmarnock AYR with their infant son George William James Richardson Kay.

The Prince Ludwig, taken over for as part of war reparations imposed on defeated Germany, was purchased by the managing Orient Line and renamed Orcades (1). As such she worked the Australian run as an intermediate steamer, her speed of 15 knots being to slow for use as a liner. On one voyage she sailed from London on 8 October 1921 for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Source(s): Andrews (1980), Marion Brown nee Kay (pers comm), Maber (1967), Smyth (1992).

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