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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RIBA121703Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: looking north

 
RIBA121704Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: looking north


RIBA121705Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: the outer face of the staggered blocks

 
RIBA121706Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: detail of the facades and projecting balconies

 
RIBA121707Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: detail of the facades and projecting balconies


RIBA121708Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: the central facade with its projecting balconies

 
RIBA121709Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: detail of the facade with its projecting balconies

 
RIBA121710Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: oblique of the staggered blocks


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RIBA121713Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: looking into the central space from one of the access decks


RIBA121714Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: the lower eastern access deck

 
RIBA121715Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: the western access deck

 
RIBA121716Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: close-up of an access gallery


RIBA121717Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: looking towards the access deck from an access gallery

 
RIBA121718Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: one of the access galleries

 
RIBA121719Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: taking a delivery on one of the access galleries


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RIBA121721Dawson's Heights, Overhill Road, Dulwich, London: living room in a three-bedroom maisonette

 
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