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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RIBA116712Sainsbury Building, Worcester College, Oxford: the main entrance


RIBA116713Sainsbury Building, Worcester College, Oxford: one of the study bedrooms

 
RIBA116714Sainsbury Building, Worcester College, Oxford: a corner of the common room

 
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RIBA116716Sainsbury Building, Worcester College, Oxford, seen from the river

 
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RIBA116722Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: detail of steps on the side wing

 
RIBA116723Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: a room in one of the canted bays overlooking the garden

 
RIBA116724Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the family sitting room


RIBA116725Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: a small sitting room or bedroom

 
RIBA116726Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: a small dining room

 
RIBA116727Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the portico on the garden front