Tilt it back and back she goes.
I believe they still make floaty pens, but their heyday seems to be long over. A lot of the old ones have leaked or dried up so that they aren’t floaty anymore. This one still works fine, except for the air bubble.
Printed on one side of the body is
And on the other.
So, this pencil is from the P&O liner the S.S. Oronsay. Built especially for the Australasian service (UK to Australia/NZ/Pacific) she was launched in 1950, and sold for scrap in 1975.
Like many of the old pencils of this design, it has warped with age.
Check out this newspaper advertisement for the Oronsay.I’ve cut out the last line of the heading.Special prices for nurses! No idea how many nurses it encouraged to go on the cruise, but I can’t help but imagine that upon seeing that ad a fair few young cobbers down their local Sydney watering holes suddenly started thinking that maybe going on a cruise might not be such a bad idea.