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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RIBA116825Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the new physics laboratory

 
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RIBA116827Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the new dining hall

 
RIBA116828Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the Luxmore dormitory

 
RIBA116829Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the upper level passageway at Luxmore House


RIBA116830Additions to King's School, Canterbury: a study at Luxmore House

 
RIBA116831Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the north elevation of Mitchinson House overlooking Mint Yard

 
RIBA116832Additions to King's School, Canterbury: Mitchinshon House seen from the arched undercroft


RIBA116833Additions to King's School, Canterbury: detail of the arches on the north elevation of Mitchinson House

 
RIBA116834Additions to King's School, Canterbury: detail of the junction of Mitchinson House with the nineteenth century buildings by Henry George Austin

 
RIBA116835Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the east facing gable of Mitchinson House