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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RIBA125142Elevation of the south facade of the jeu-de-paume (real tennis court) at the Chateau of Fontainebleau

 
RIBA125143Elevation of a house of five bays, two storeys, attic and high-pitched roof

 
RIBA125144Elevation of a domed paviion with lantern


RIBA125145Plan and side elevation of a Greek-cross church with dome and double tetrastyle portico; at bottom right, part of a masonry detail

 
RIBA125146Elevation and section of two centralised churches with domes and in bottom left, part of another dome and lantern

 
RIBA125147Copy of an engraving of a tomb by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau


RIBA125148Copy of an engraving of a tomb by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau

 
RIBA125149Copy of an engraving of a tomb by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau

 
RIBA125150Half-elevation of an arched entrance with pediment supported on banded composite columns


RIBA125151Design for a chateau or city gate and drawbridge

 
RIBA125152Entrance elevation of a grotto with a dome open at the top

 
RIBA125153Design for the entrance to a fortress


RIBA125154Engraving by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau from his 'Fragments antiques' (1550)

 
RIBA125155Elevation of a pavilion with an arcade on the ground storey and double flight of steps leading to arched entrances in an elaborate upper storey; over the central niche are the French royal arms and in the niche a classical bust

 
RIBA125156To the left: half-elevation of entrance and one window bay of a house, the entrance pediment decorated with military trophies; to the right: half-elevation of an arched entrance with rectangular superstructure supported on consoles and flanked by Doric pilasters (see RIBA125162 for half-elevation facing the courtyard)


RIBA125157Perspective elevation of part of a facade showing half of an arched entrance with a window above and one bay to left, with superimposed orders of pilasters

 
RIBA125158Elevation of part of an elaborately rusticated and sculptured facade

 
RIBA125159To the left: elevation of part of an entrance screen with an arched entrance and one window bay to the right; to the right: half-elevation of a doorway with a triangular pediment and military trophies above


RIBA125160Half-elevation of a central arched entrance and on bay to the left, possibly the entrance screen to a town house

 
RIBA125161Elevation of the end facade of a three-storey house having square-headed windows with a sculptured head over; brick and stone materials indicated; details of mouldings at right lettered and corresponding to the elevation

 
RIBA125162Two half-elevations: (left) arched entrance - or triumphal arch - one bay at left with niche containing a figure between half-column, pediment with sculpted figure; (right) half-elevation of an arched entrance with rectangular superstructure facing the courtyard (see RIBA125156 for half-elevation facing the street)


RIBA125163Hotel Zamet, Paris: Elevation of one bay of a two-storey facade with attic above

 
RIBA125164Part of the facade of the Palazzo Cenci alla Dogana, Rome

 
RIBA125165Part of the facade of the Palazzo Cicciaporci (Palazzo Alberini Cicciaporci), Rome


RIBA125166Part of the facade of the Palazzo Caprini, Rome

 
RIBA125167Part of the court facade and arcade of the Hotel de Gondi (later Hotel de Conde), Paris

 
RIBA125168Elevation of a two-storey pavilion with attic, the central door approached by a double flight of curved steps


RIBA125169Elevation of part of an upper storey and attic of three bays

 
RIBA125170Elevation of the south-east angle pavilion and part of the entrance screen at the Chateau of Montceaux

 
RIBA125171Two elevations: (above) elevation of a facade with three single-bay two-storey pavilions and one bay of two storeys between each, the central entrance pavilion is approached by a double flight of steps; (below) half-elevation of a facade of two storeys with an attic, the central bay containing an arched entrance with semi-circular pediment above


RIBA125172Two facades in half-elevation: (left) a single-bay two-storey pavilion with, to the right, an arcade with large windows above; (right) part of a facade of two storeys with an attic

 
RIBA125173Half-elevation of a house of five-bays and two storeys with attic; door is approached by a double flight of curved stairs; a courtyard is indicated with an entrance screen

 
RIBA125174Half-elevation of a house with a corps-de-logis and flanking pavilions; (below) half-elevation of an entrance screen to a courtyard


RIBA125175Half-elevation of an entrance screen with flanking pavilions

 
RIBA125176Elevation of an entrance over a moat on a high rusticated base; a high arch is flanked by small rectangular openings and surmounted by a broken curved pediment; the two halves of the design differ in detail

 
RIBA125177Two half-elevations of an entrance over a moat on a high rusticated base