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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RIBA125742Design for alterations to Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire, for the 6th Baron Vernon: elevation of the entrance front with proposed alterations to the roof

 
RIBA125743Designs for cottages and shop, the Square, Cambridge Street, Ugley, Essex, for Mrs Chamberlayne: perspective

 
RIBA125744Model of the Government Centre, Taif, Saudi Arabia


RIBA125745Model of the Government Centre, Taif, Saudi Arabia

 
RIBA125746Model of the Government Centre, Taif, Saudi Arabia

 
RIBA125747Model of the Government Centre, Taif, Saudi Arabia


RIBA125748Model of the Government Centre, Taif, Saudi Arabia

 
RIBA125749Model of preliminary study for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow

 
RIBA125750Model of preliminary study for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow


RIBA125751Model of preliminary study for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow

 
RIBA125752Model of preliminary study for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow

 
RIBA125753Model of preliminary study for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow


RIBA125754Model of preliminary study for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow

 
RIBA125755Model of preliminary study for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow

 
RIBA125756Model of a house at Oxshott 'A' (no. 2)


RIBA125757Model of a house at Oxshott 'A' (no. 2)

 
RIBA125758Model of a house at Oxshott 'A' (no. 2)

 
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RIBA125762Model of a house at Oxshott 'A' (no. 2)


RIBA125763'The By-pass in the Town': panel 17 from 'Traffic' exhibition

 
RIBA125764Brancepeth Castle, County Durham: ceiling detail

 
RIBA125765Designs for Tilehurst, 10 Grange Road, Bushey, for Miss Edith Somers: site plan


RIBA125766Designs for Tilehurst, 10 Grange Road, Bushey, for Miss Edith Somers: ground floor plan

 
RIBA125767Designs for Tilehurst, 10 Grange Road, Bushey, for Miss Edith Somers: first floor plan and plan of roof of coal cellar

 
RIBA125768Designs for Tilehurst, 10 Grange Road, Bushey, for Miss Edith Somers: west (street) elevation with a section through the tradesmen's entrance


RIBA125769Designs for Tilehurst, 10 Grange Road, Bushey, for Miss Edith Somers: east (garden) elevation; north elevation including the bathroom dormer window; plans, elevation and details of the built-in dresser for the kitchen

 
RIBA125770Designs for Tilehurst, 10 Grange Road, Bushey, for Miss Edith Somers: sections

 
RIBA125771Preliminary design for Myholme, convalescent home for children, 170 Merryhill Road, Bushey, for Miss Edith Somers: plans and elevations


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RIBA125773Sketch of a heron in Richmond

 
RIBA125774Two sketches of John Dory; one by Donald Gunn and one by Voysey


RIBA125775Two half-elevations for doorways, possibly alternative designs; (right) the porte-cochere of the Hotel d'Almeyras, 30 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris

 
RIBA125776Half-elevation of the upper part of a door or window with pedimented tablet and a cartouche over

 
RIBA125777Two half-elevations of entrances: (left) square opening; (right) arched opening bearing arms of France with a ducal coronet in a cartouche