The First Class entrance (Boat Deck), RMS Olympic, White Star Line, 1920-21. The Olympic was sister ship to the ill-fated Titanic and Britannic. This Bedford Lemere and Company photograph was commissioned by the White Star Line, which was also known as the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, and was probably taken at Southampton docks
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print takes us back in time to the grandeur and opulence of the early 20th century. The image showcases the magnificent first-class entrance of RMS Olympic, a sister ship to both the legendary Titanic and Britannic. Stepping into this luxurious vessel must have felt like entering a world of elegance and sophistication. The photograph, captured by Bedford Lemere and Company, was commissioned by the White Star Line, also known as the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company. It is believed to have been taken at Southampton docks, where passengers would embark on their unforgettable journeys across vast oceans. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece of maritime history, we are transported to an era when ocean liners were symbols of prestige and adventure. The intricate details adorning the entrance speak volumes about the craftsmanship that went into creating such an extraordinary vessel. It is impossible not to wonder about all those who passed through these doors – wealthy businessmen, socialites seeking new horizons, or perhaps even famous personalities escaping from public scrutiny. Each step taken through this doorway carried with it dreams of exploration and discovery. This print from Historic England Archive serves as a reminder that despite its tragic fate in later years during World War I as a troopship-turned-hospital-ship named HMHS Britannic, RMS Olympic once stood proudly as a testament to human ingenuity and ambition on the high seas.
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