Tables laid for dining in the second class saloon, RMS Olympic, White Star Line, 1914. 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 early 20th century, offering a glimpse into the elegant world of second-class travel aboard the RMS Olympic. The tables are meticulously laid for dining in the ship's luxurious second-class saloon, exuding an air of refinement and sophistication. As we admire this scene frozen in time, it is impossible not to draw parallels with its sister ships, the Titanic and Britannic, both tragically lost at sea. The RMS Olympic stands as a testament to their grandeur and serves as a poignant reminder of their untimely fate. Commissioned by the White Star Line, also known as the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, this photograph was captured by Bedford Lemere and Company at Southampton docks. Through their lens, we are transported to an era when ocean liners were marvels of engineering and symbols of opulence. The attention to detail evident in every aspect of this image speaks volumes about the level of luxury afforded even to those traveling second class on these magnificent vessels. It invites us to imagine what life would have been like for passengers fortunate enough to experience such refined surroundings during their transatlantic journeys. Preserved within Historic England Archive's collection, this print offers not only a visual feast but also serves as an invaluable historical record that allows us to relive moments from our maritime past with awe and reverence.
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