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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RIBA116997Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford: the Blackhall Road elevation

 
RIBA116998Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford: the Blackhall Road elevation with Keble College Chapel behind

 
RIBA116999Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford: view along Blackhall Road


RIBA117000Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford

 
RIBA117001Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford

 
RIBA117002Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford: the courtyard


RIBA117003Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford

 
RIBA117004Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford: the Blackhall Road elevation

 
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RIBA117528Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA117529Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a living room


RIBA117530Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a bedroom

 
RIBA117531Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a kitchen

 
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RIBA117537Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a living room

 
RIBA117538Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a bedroom


RIBA117539Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a kitchen

 
RIBA117540Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA117886Bredon Barn, Bredon, Worcestershire: the restored barn from the south-east