Louisa O, having been 'born on the high seas aboard HMS Orontes'
July 07, 2009
I hope you don't mind my sending you this enquiry about life on board H.M.S Orontes? I asked a friend of mine who likes to research military history, he came across your website and suggested I ask you as you are very knowledgeable!
I have recently started to trace my family history, and when finding information on 1901 census, I found details of my great-grandmother, Louisa O, having been 'born on the high seas aboard HMS Orontes', she was listed as age last birthday being 30, so of course I am looking at her being born in 1870.
I did read a blog about the Orontes being docked at Portsmouth in 1871, where was it the year before this, do you know to any links I could look at?
I am very new to researching my ancestors, and trying to find out details about my great-grandmother but have come to a bit of a standstill at present. Apparently, she died when she was about 33, her husband married again, and all my remaining relatives remember their Grandfathers' 2nd wife but not very much is known about his 1st wife, as the children from the 1st marriage were very small when their mother Louisa died.
As Orontes was a troopship, I am wondering about why Louisa's mother would be giving birth onboard the ship, also why she would be on it in the first place? Were women employed on it as workers, maybe as nurses? Or for entertainment? I am so eager to find out more but really don't know where to look next, apart from, of course, continuing to try to find Louisa's birth details, maiden name etc, my own illness allowing.
I would be grateful for any information you are able to provide as to women being employed on this ship, and babies being born, I wondered if there are records available for me to research? I would appreciate any info especially on this last paragraph. Thank you.
Thank you for your very flattering remarks, but they may be unwarranted.
Here is HMS Orontes as a troopsjp in 1871.
Wendy, there were obviously women on board HMS Orontes in both 1870 and again in 1873, but I am unable to track down a specific reference.
Here is the UK National Archives URL:
UK Births, Deaths, Marriages site:
That is all I can find at this stage.