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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RIBA116728Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the garden front

 
RIBA116729Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the secondary staircase seen from below

 
RIBA116730Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the upper corridor


RIBA116731Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: a room in one of the canted bays overlooking the garden

 
RIBA116732Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the family sitting room

 
RIBA116733Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: a small sitting room or bedroom


RIBA116734Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: a small dining room

 
RIBA116735Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the portico on the garden front

 
RIBA116736Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: detail of the garden front


RIBA116737Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the secondary staircase seen from below

 
RIBA116738Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the upper corridor

 
RIBA116739Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: a small sitting room or bedroom


RIBA116740Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the entrance hall

 
RIBA116741Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the bathroom

 
RIBA116742Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the bathroom


RIBA116743Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the bathroom

 
RIBA116744Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the upper corridor

 
RIBA116745Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: a cloakroom


RIBA116746Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the boot room

 
RIBA116747Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the ground floor corridor leading to the garden

 
RIBA116748Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the entrance hall


RIBA116749Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the upper corridor

 
RIBA116750Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the entrance front

 
RIBA116751Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the entrance front


RIBA116752Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the entrance gates and lodges

 
RIBA116753Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the entrance gates, piers and lodges

 
RIBA116754Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: one of the gate lodges


RIBA116755Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: ground floor corridor

 
RIBA116756Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the garden front

 
RIBA116757Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the entrance front


RIBA116758Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: one of the gare lodges

 
RIBA116759Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire: the garden front

 
RIBA116760Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London


RIBA116761Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London

 
RIBA116762Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London

 
RIBA116763Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London