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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RIBA116836Additions to King's School, Canterbury: Luxmore House seen from the old garden

 
RIBA116837Additions to King's School, Canterbury: Luxmore House, seen from the network of existing walls

 
RIBA116838Additions to King's School, Canterbury: detail of the rear elevation of Luxmore House


RIBA116839Additions to King's School, Canterbury: detail of the oriel windows on the rear elevation of Luxmore House

 
RIBA116840Additions to King's School, Canterbury: a study or common room in Luxmore House

 
RIBA116841Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the front elevation of Luxmore House


RIBA116842Additions to King's School, Canterbury: one of the courtyard elevations

 
RIBA116843Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the end gable of Luxmore House with medieval walling in the foreground showing a blocked window

 
RIBA116844Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the south elevation of Mitchinson House


RIBA116845Additions to King's School, Canterbury: detail of the catslide roof of Mitchinson House

 
RIBA116846Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the entrance and entrance hall to Mitchinson House

 
RIBA116847Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the games room situated in the large attic space of Mitchinson House


RIBA116848Additions to King's School, Canterbury: a study area in Mitchinson House

 
RIBA116849Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the entrance elevation of Mitchinson House with the house master's accommodation sited behind the flint wall on the left and Mint Yard Gate on the right

 
RIBA116850Additions to King's School, Canterbury: Mitchinson House on the left looking towards Mint Yard Gate


RIBA116851Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the junction of Luxmore House and the medieval stonework of King's

 
RIBA116852Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the entrance to Luxmore House showing its juxtoposition with the medieval walling

 
RIBA116853Additions to King's School, Canterbury: Mitchinson House entrance elevation with the house master's accommodation behind the flint wall


RIBA116854Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the north elevation of Mitchinson House overlooking Mint Yard

 
RIBA116855Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the east facing gable of Mitchinson House

 
RIBA116856Additions to King's School, Canterbury: Luxmore House, seen from the network of existing walls


RIBA116857Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the end gable of Luxmore House with medieval walling in the foreground showing a blocked window

 
RIBA116858Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the entrance elevation of Mitchinson House with the house master's accommodation sited behind the flint wall on the left and Mint Yard Gate on the right

 
RIBA116859Additions to King's School, Canterbury: Mitchinson House on the left looking towards Mint Yard Gate


RIBA116860Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the junction of Luxmore House and the medieval stonework of King's

 
RIBA116861Additions to King's School, Canterbury: the entrance to Luxmore House showing its juxtoposition with the medieval walling

 
RIBA116862Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London


RIBA116863Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London: the bar counter

 
RIBA116864Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London: the bar counter

 
RIBA116865Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London: the staircase


RIBA116866Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London: the staircase

 
RIBA116867Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London: the staircase and handrail

 
RIBA116868Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London


RIBA116869Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London

 
RIBA116870Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London: the bar counter

 
RIBA116871Corney & Barrow restaurant, Moorgate, City of London: the bar counter