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Orion

R.M.S. Orion.
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24,000 Tons.

My card. Barney

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The concept of this ship began in 1932, when Colin Skelton Anderson, a junior partner in Anderson, Green & Co, the managers of Orient Line, proposed that a new ship they were about to order should reflect the changes in style that were taking place in society. To his suprise, not only were his ideas accepted, but he was placed in charge of the project.
Anderson set about recruiting an architect who shared his views. After a lengthy search he engaged, Brian O'Rorke, a young man of about his own age. They created an entirely new approach to ship design, breaking almost all of the accepted rules for both the external and internal appearance of a liner. In particular they emphasised the lines of the ship, instead of trying to conceal it. The internal design of the new ship was remarkable for its restraint, not for the traditional ornate magnificence. Almost all the standard internal furnishings and fittings were changed. From door handles to stewards' uniforms, china to chairs, windows to bathmats, everything was changed to create a completely new look, that was characteristic of Orient Line for the remainder of its independent existance.
Orion entered service in 1935 and operated until May 1963, after which she spent the summer as a hotel ship in Hamburg before being scrapped in October of that year.

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Thank you Fred. I can start putting info to cards again.I only collected as boy. No computer then, so not much info.
 

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Does anyone know more about her brief stint as a hotel ship in Hamburg? These projects never seem to work out very well, or for very long. I'm just wondering if it was planned as a temporary thing, or just was a business failure.
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Orion was chartered form May to September 1963 as a hotel ship during an International Garden Show.
Orion was broken up at end of I963.
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done aworld cruise on orion left tilbury on the 1st jan 1955.
a fantasic voyage which took six and a half months.
wish i could do it all again.
 

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