RMS Orion & RMS Orcades II: Modern Liners

Described in the Architectural Review as “a landmark in the evolution of the modern liner”, Orion (1934) and her sister ship Orcades II (1937) were built for the Orient Line. Orion’s design was a departure from the more usual period styles to a simpler, contemporary style. With modern interiors designed by Brian O’Rorke this was the first time that an architect had carried out the entire decoration of a ship. Designed primarily for tropical conditions they featured air conditioning in all public rooms and a more flexible, informal, open air layout.

Both ships were converted to troopships in the Second World War. Sadly in 1942 Orcades was sunk with the loss of 45 lives south west of Cape Town after a battle with a German U-boat in which she was hit by 6 torpedoes.

 

RMS Orion

Launched:  Barrow-in-Furness, 1934

Disposal:  scrapped, 1963

Tonnage:  23,696 tons

Length:  665 feet or 203 metres

Maximum speed:  21 knots

 

RMS Orcades II

Launched:  Barrow-in-Furness, 1937

Disposal:  sunk, 1942

Tonnage:  23,456 tons

Length:  639 feet or 195 metres

Maximum speed:  21 knots

 

Also see: Ocean LinersSS NormandieSS Oriana.

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RIBA4092Edwin Smith

 
RIBA4094Edwin Smith and Olive Cook in the garden, 9A Church Row, Hampstead, London

 
RIBA4095Preliminary design for Crooksbury House, near Farnham, Surrey


RIBA4096Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: perspective sketch of entrance front

 
RIBA4097Design for the dining room sideboard, Munstead Wood, Godalming

 
RIBA4098Unexecuted design for the Grand Foyer, International Music Hall and Opera House, Hyde Park, London


RIBA4099Park House, Park Place, Cardiff, seen from the west

 
RIBA4100Design for the interior decoration of an unidentified cinema auditorium showing a Venetian canal scene

 
RIBA4101Details of the Corinthian and Composite capitals, Baths of Caracalla, Rome


RIBA4103Design for a wallpaper showing dragons and flames

 
RIBA4104Copy of a Pompeiian decoration from the Villa of Cicero showing green dancing figures on gold bars

 
RIBA4105Design for a wallpaper or textile entitled 'Alena'


RIBA4106Olive Cook

 
RIBA4107St Catherine's College, Oxford: the dining hall seen from the east

 
RIBA4109Design for a nursery chintz entitled 'The house that Jack built'


RIBA4110Detail of colour decoration on clustered columns and springing of vault, Sainte Chapelle, Paris

 
RIBA4111Design for a wallpaper or textile showing birds among flowers

 
RIBA4112Design for a nursery textile showing a shepherd, squirrel and bird in a tree


RIBA4113Design for a wallpaper entitled 'The Callum'

 
RIBA4114Design for a wallpaper showing birds among grapes and leaves

 
RIBA4115Design for a wallpaper for Sanderson and Sons showing roses, hips and leaves


RIBA4116Design for a wallpaper for Sanderson and Sons showing pairs of birds among stylized leaves

 
RIBA4117Design for a wallpaper for Sanderson and Sons showing birds among stylized leaves

 
RIBA4118Design for a textile for Alexander Morton entitled 'Fidelis'


RIBA4119Design for a textile entitled 'Huntsman'

 
RIBA4120Design for a textile for Alexander Morton showing cornflowers, wheatsheaves and crows

 
RIBA4121Design for a textile or wallpaper entitled 'Crown and Tulip'


RIBA4122Design for a carpet and textile showing strawberries, leaves, flowers and birds

 
RIBA4123Design for a wallpaper showing eucalyptus leaves and flowers

 
RIBA4124Design for a textile entitled 'The Rose and Shamrock'


RIBA4125Design for a textile showing stylized yellow roses

 
RIBA4126Design for a fabric showing yellow roses and rose hips

 
RIBA4127Design for a wallpaper entitled 'Symbols of the Arts'


RIBA4129Design, possibly for a nursery wallpaper, showing birds and a squirrel in a tree

 
RIBA4130Design, probably intended for a nursery wallpaper frieze, showing a rural scene

 
RIBA4131Design for a nursery wallpaper or a textile entitled 'Great Kings and Queens'


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