SS Calgaric

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United Kingdom
Name: Calgaric (ex-Orca)
Port of registry: United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast
In service: 1918
Out of service: 1934
  • Official Number 140579
  • Code Letters JTLW
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Fate: Sold for scrap, 1934
General characteristics
Class and type: ocean liner
  • 16,063
  • (12,703 under deck and 9,014 net)
Length: 550 ft 3 in (167.7 m)
Beam: 67 ft 3 in (20.5 m)
Draught: 43 ft 0 in (13.1 m)
Decks: 2 steel decks, steel awning deck partly sheathed in wood and steel, shade deck sheathed in teak and 3rd steel deck in No. 1, 2 and 3 holds[1]
Deck clearance: Electric light
Installed power: One low pressure turbine operating at 215 psi, and six double ended boilers, 36 corrugated furnaces[1]
Propulsion: Triple expansion engines with 8 cylinders[1]

SS Calgaric was an ocean liner built in 1918 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast for the Pacific Steam Navigation Company as Orca. In 1927, she was sold to the White Star Line and renamed Calgaric.[1] She remained in service until 1934.[2]


In 1927, White Star Line chartered the ship for service, but it was too small. In 1932, she retired and was sold scrap for in 1934.

Scout and Guide Cruise

Perhaps the ship's main claim to fame is that she was chartered for a Baltic Cruise of Scouters and Guiders,[3][4] a cruise that lasted from Saturday, 12 August to Tuesday, 29 August 1933.[5] On board were the Baden-Powell family, and about 100 Scouters, 475 Guides and 80 non-Scouts and Guides - presumably spouses of the participants. There were 85 men and 570 women - some of the Wolf Cub Akelas were women.[6]

The itinerary was:- Southampton, Rotterdam (Netherlands), Kiel Canal, Gdynia (Poland), Klaipėda (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Oslo (Norway), Pentland Firth, Oban (Scotland) and ended at Liverpool (England).[7]

Official number and code letters

Official numbers were a forerunner to IMO ship identification numbers.

Calgaric had the UK official number 140579 and used the code letters JTLW.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Norway-Heritage-calga.
  2. ^ a b Plimsoll-Calgaric.
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  7. ^ Abstracted from the Journal kept by Betty Clay, the younger Baden-Powell daughter, then aged 16.


  • "S/S Calgaric, White Star Line". Norway-Heritage.
  • "Details of the ship". Plimsoll Ship Data.
      • "Calgaric 1930" (PDF).

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