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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RIBA119934Paddington Station, London: detail of part of the 1913-1915 roof with its lattice steel beam

 
RIBA119935Paddington Station, London: the Great Western Hotel

 
RIBA119936Paddington Station, London: the entrance to the office building


RIBA119937Paddington Station, London: the concourse with the offices

 
RIBA119938Paddington Station, London: detail of office bays with pilasters

 
RIBA119939Paddington Station, London: detail of the offices


RIBA119940Paddington Station, London: the train shed

 
RIBA119941Paddington Station, London: part of the 1913-1915 roof with its lattice steel beam

 
RIBA119942Paddington Station, London: the train shed with four Inter-City125 trains lined up


RIBA119943Paddington Station, London: the train shed showing the cast iron supporting column

 
RIBA119944Paddington Station, London: the train shed looking north across one or two transepts

 
RIBA119945Paddington Station, London: detail of the ironwork panels between the rib supports on the office block


RIBA119946Paddington Station, London: detail of the wrought iron roof truss across one of the side aisles

 
RIBA119947Paddington Station, London: detail of cast iron column

 
RIBA119948Paddington Station, London: looking towards the bays of the office building


RIBA119949Paddington Station, London: the train shed

 
RIBA119950Paddington Station, London: the train shed

 
RIBA119951Paddington Station, London: the train shed


RIBA119952Paddington Station, London: detail of the station clock and original entrance loggia from Eastbourne Terrace

 
RIBA119953Paddington Station, London: the train shed

 
RIBA120917Roche Factory, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire


RIBA120956City Hall, Norwich: the council chamber

 
RIBA120993Savoy Theatre, Strand, London: the retiring room of the Royal Box

 
RIBA120995Pritchard Wood & Partners stand, Advertising Exhibition 1933, Olympia, London


RIBA121331Hendon Hall Court, Great North Way, Hendon, London: detail of balconies

 
RIBA121545Eros House, Catford, London: detail of the top of the staircase tower seen from below showing the board-marking

 
RIBA121692Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: distant view seen from a mile and a half north (Dog Kennel Hill), augmenting the southern rim of hills


RIBA121693Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: the dramatic roofline, seen from Dulwich Park

 
RIBA121694Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London, seen from Forest Hill

 
RIBA121695Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London, seen from nearby cricket ground


RIBA121696Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London, seen from the west

 
RIBA121697Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: looking under the eastern access bridge into the central space

 
RIBA121698Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: looking south-west over the central space and children's playground


RIBA121699Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: looking into the central space between the blocks

 
RIBA121700Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: looking towards the lower blocks

 
RIBA121701Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: looking north towards the skyline of Hampstead Heath