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The New Liner 'ORCADES', Orient Line to Australia

Date: 1938
Dimensions:
Overall: 1014 x 633 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Colour lithograph on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00006988

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    Description
    This poster promoting the Orient Line's new liner ORCADES and winter fares to Australia to celebrate the nation's sesquicentenary in 1938 was designed by Charles Pears. The poster's Art Deco style highlights the grandeur of the new addition to the fleet with its new corn-coloured livery, while the bougainvillea hints at warmer climes and the exoticism of travel abroad.
    SignificanceThe poster is a rare example of a design produced by leading British marine artist Charles Pears. The layout is representative of the transition between traditional ship portrait compositions popular in the early 20th century and later Modernist-inspired designs.
    HistoryORCADES was launched in 1937 and incorporated the design principles and aesthetics of the state-of-the-art ORION, which had been launched in 1935. The interiors of both ships followed the sleek lines of the vessel's exterior and incorporated new materials that were both modern and adapted to the elements. They set new standards in shipboard style and passenger comfort. Like the ORION, the ORCADES sported the line's new corn-coloured hull, single mast and single buff funnel. With fewer passengers and larger rooms, the ORCADES provided even more comfort than its predecessor. Requisitioned as a troop carrier during World War II, the ORCADES was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in 1942.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: The New Liner 'ORCADES', Special Fares this Winter for Australia's 150th Anniversary, Orient Line to Australia

    Web title: The New Liner 'ORCADES', Orient Line to Australia

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