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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RIBA116584Thorney Court, Palace Gate, Kensington, London: the front elevation

 
RIBA116585Thorney Court, Palace Gate, Kensington, London: the main entrance incoporating the original gate piers from the earlier block

 
RIBA116586Thorney Court, Palace Gate, Kensington, London: the rear elevation


RIBA116587Tower Bridge exhibition, Tower Bridge, London

 
RIBA116588Tower Bridge exhibition, Tower Bridge, London

 
RIBA116589Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London


RIBA116590Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London

 
RIBA116591Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London

 
RIBA116592Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London: Monarch House office block


RIBA116593Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London: Monarch House office block

 
RIBA116594Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London: Monarch House office block

 
RIBA116595Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London: Monarch House office block


RIBA116596Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London: Monarch House office block

 
RIBA116597Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London

 
RIBA116598Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London


RIBA116599Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London

 
RIBA116600Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London

 
RIBA116601Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London


RIBA116602Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London

 
RIBA116603Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London

 
RIBA116604Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London


RIBA116605Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London

 
RIBA116606Trading estate, Victoria Road, Acton, London

 
RIBA116607St-George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road, Stepney, London


RIBA116608St-George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road, Stepney, London

 
RIBA116609Surviving boundary walls to the former London Docks (Western Dock), Stepney, London

 
RIBA116610St-George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road, Stepney, London


RIBA116611Lifting bridge, Garnet Street, Shadwell Basin, Wapping Wall, London

 
RIBA116612Wapping Hydraulic Pumping Station (former Wapping Project), Wapping High Street, London

 
RIBA116613Prospect of Whitby Public House, Wapping, London, seen from the river


RIBA116614Housing esate, Garnet Street / Riverside Road, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116615Housing esate, Garnet Street / Riverside Road, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116616St Paul's Church, The Highway, Shadwell, London


RIBA116617St-George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road, Stepney, London

 
RIBA116618Lifting bridge, Garnet Street, Shadwell Basin, Wapping Wall, London

 
RIBA116619Prospect of Whitby Public House, Wapping, London, seen from the river