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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RIBA116980Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116981Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116982Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London


RIBA116983Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116984Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford

 
RIBA116985Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford


RIBA116986Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford

 
RIBA116987Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford: looking towards William Butterfield's chapel

 
RIBA116988Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford


RIBA116989Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford, with Keble College Chapel by William Butterfield on the right

 
RIBA116990Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford: the glazed walkway

 
RIBA116991Library conversion, Keble College, Oxford: the new reading rooms


RIBA116992Library conversion, Keble College, Oxford: the new reading rooms

 
RIBA116993Library conversion, Keble College, Oxford: the new reading rooms

 
RIBA116994Library conversion, Keble College, Oxford: the new reading rooms


RIBA116995Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford: the bar

 
RIBA116996Student halls of residence, Keble College, Oxford: the bar

 
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

 
RIBA117022Albert Dock, Liverpool

 
RIBA117190Renault parts distribution centre, Swindon, Wiltshire: detail of the cable fixing


RIBA117426Derngate Centre, Northampton: the main hall laid out for a boxing match

 
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RIBA117518192 Wine Bar Restaurant, Kensington Park Road, London: the bar counter


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RIBA117520192 Wine Bar Restaurant, Kensington Park Road, London: the staircase

 
RIBA117521192 Wine Bar Restaurant, Kensington Park Road, London


RIBA117522192 Wine Bar Restaurant, Kensington Park Road, London

 
RIBA117523192 Wine Bar Restaurant, Kensington Park Road, London

 
RIBA117524192 Wine Bar Restaurant, Kensington Park Road, London: the staircase