RMS OLYMPIC, White Star Line. View of the boat deck, looking aft, showing lifeboats and funnels. The Olympic was the first of a class of luxurious express transatlantic ocean liners, and entered service with the White Star Line in 1911 as the largest cruise liner in the world. Sister ship of the RMS Titanic, she was the only one of the class to prove a success, serving until 1935. After the Titanic sank in 1912, her stokers went on strike until sufficient lifeboats were provided for all passengers and crew. The ship was then refitted and additional safety measures installed. In 1914 the Olympic was requisitioned as a troopship, served in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915, and brought US troops to Europe in 1917. She returned to civilian service in 1920. Photographed by Bedford Lemere, Southampton, October 1921
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print captures the grandeur and historical significance of the RMS Olympic, a true icon of maritime history. The image showcases the boat deck of this magnificent vessel, looking aft and revealing an array of lifeboats and towering funnels. Built in 1911 as the largest cruise liner in the world, the RMS Olympic was part of a class known for their luxurious amenities and express transatlantic voyages. As sister ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, she stood as a testament to resilience, being the only one from her class to achieve success throughout her service until 1935. The tragic sinking of Titanic in 1912 prompted significant safety improvements on board the Olympic. Following a strike by stokers demanding sufficient lifeboats for all passengers and crew members, extensive refitting took place with additional safety measures installed. In addition to her role as a passenger liner, this remarkable vessel played crucial roles during World War I. Requisitioned as a troopship in 1914, she served valiantly during campaigns such as Gallipoli in 1915 and transported American troops to Europe in 1917. Photographed by Bedford Lemere at Southampton in October 1921, this image encapsulates both elegance and strength that defined an era when ocean liners were marvels of engineering prowess. It serves as a poignant reminder not just of this majestic ship's legacy but also its enduring contribution to transportation history.
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