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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RIBA116620St Paul's Church, The Highway, Shadwell, London

 
RIBA116621Street in Wapping, London

 
RIBA116622Street of late Georgian, early Victorian terraced houses, Wapping, London


RIBA116623Ivory House, St Katherine's Dock, London

 
RIBA116624Ivory House, St Katherine's Dock, London

 
RIBA116625Surviving boundary walls to the former London Docks (Western Dock), Stepney, London


RIBA116626Surviving boundary walls to the former London Docks (Western Dock), Stepney, London

 
RIBA116627Surviving boundary walls to the former London Docks (Western Dock), Stepney, London

 
RIBA116628'E' Warehouse, corner of Pennington Street and Breezer's Hill, Wapping, London


RIBA116629'E' Warehouse, corner of Pennington Street and Breezer's Hill, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116630Corner of Tench Street, Wapping, London, with the tower of St George-in-the-East in the distance

 
RIBA116631View along Wapping Lane looking towards Gun Wharves in the distance, London, taken from near the junction with Watts Street


RIBA116632St John's Wharves and Warehouses, corner of Wapping High Street and Dundee Street, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116633St John's Wharves and Warehouses, corner of Wapping High Street and Dundee Street, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116634Dock officials' housing, Pier Head, London Docks, Wapping, London


RIBA116635Dock officials' housing, Pier Head, London Docks, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116636Converted warehouses, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116637Tower of St John's Church, flanked by derelict houses, Scandrett Street, Wapping, London


RIBA116638Tower of St John's Church, Wapping, London, with the Turk's Head public house on the left, seen from the churchyard

 
RIBA116639Housing, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116640Men fishing in Shadwell Basin, Wapping, London, looking towards St Paul's Church, with the tower block in the distance


RIBA116641New Crane Wharf, Wapping, London, seen from New Crane Place

 
RIBA116642Headquarters of News International, 1 Pennington Street, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116643Late Georgian, early Victorian terraced houses, Wapping, London


RIBA116644Ivory House, St Katherine's Dock, London

 
RIBA116645St John's Wharves and Warehouses, corner of Wapping High Street and Dundee Street, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116646Dock officials' housing, Pier Head, London Docks, Wapping, London


RIBA116647Tower of St John's Church, Wapping, London, with the Turk's Head public house on the left, seen from the churchyard

 
RIBA116648Metropolitan Wharf, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116649Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, Wapping, London


RIBA116650Metropolitan Wharf, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116651Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, Wapping, London

 
RIBA116652Wellington Court, Hyde Park, London


RIBA116653Wellington Court, Hyde Park, London

 
RIBA116654Wellington Court, Hyde Park, London

 
RIBA116655Wellington Court, Hyde Park, London