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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RIBA125670St Etienne-du-Mont, Paris: section of side doorway design to the rood screen as seen in RIBA125669, with plan of left-hand side of doorway

 
RIBA125671Elevation of an arched entrance gateway with niches in the piers at either side, with a tablet above centre with a triangular pediment and, at either side above the arch, reversed segmental pediments with reclining figures

 
RIBA125672Two half-designs for cartouches with strapwork scrolls, foliage etc.


RIBA125673Elevation of an arched entrance gateway with a complicated decorative scheme

 
RIBA125674Elevation of a city (?) gateway with a large arched central entrance and very narrow doors either side with very elongated voussoirs above them and a triangular pediment

 
RIBA125675Elevation of an arched gateway with a relatively simple lower part, a broken segmental pediment surmounted by military trophies and framing an elaborate cartouche flanked by two female supporters


RIBA125676Three half-design cartouches

 
RIBA125677Elevation of an arched entrance with alternative designs for certain elements to left and right

 
RIBA125678Half-design for a cartouche


RIBA125679Elevation of the Porte Saint-Antoine, Paris

 
RIBA125680Three half-elevations of designs for entrances

 
RIBA125681Elevation of an arched entrance plainly rusticated, with triangular pediment surmounted by flaming grenades and a blank shield in the pediment


RIBA125682Elevation of the doorway of the Pavillon Conti at the Chateau of Montceaux

 
RIBA125683Two half-elevations of rusticated, arched entrances

 
RIBA125684Two half-elevations of rusticated, arched entrances, one with curved pediment and the other with triangular pediment


RIBA125685Elevation of an arched entrance supported on piers having a keystone with lion mask, broken segmental pediment with blank cartouche and surmounted by a triangular pediment

 
RIBA125686Drawing of Flora in a garden with architectural details in the background

 
RIBA125687Elevation of a window or possibly an opening in an entrance screen, possibly for the Chateau de Montceaux


RIBA125688Two half-elevations for doorways

 
RIBA125689Seven drawings of entablatures

 
RIBA125690Drawings of five cornices and a profile


RIBA125691Two half-elevations of doorways with tables and pediments above

 
RIBA125692Two half-elevations of doorways

 
RIBA125693Design for the central doorway of an entrance screen with plan beneath and alternative designs to left and right


RIBA125694Design for a fountain, Royal Dairy, Frogmore, Windsor

 
RIBA125695Designs for alterations and additions to the existing house, Scarisbrick Hall, Lancashire: ground floor plan showing proposed alterations

 
RIBA125696Design for an unidentified classical pavilion


RIBA125697Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125698Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125699Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


RIBA125700Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125701Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

 
RIBA125702Design model for the Fitzwilliam Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


RIBA125703Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff

 
RIBA125704Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff

 
RIBA125705Design model for Cardiff Bay Visitors' Centre, Cardiff