The third 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 year 1914, capturing a glimpse of the third-class saloon aboard the majestic RMS Olympic. As sister ships to the renowned Titanic and Britannic, these vessels were icons of their era, representing both luxury and tragedy. Commissioned by the White Star Line, also known as the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, this Bedford Lemere and Company photograph offers a rare insight into the opulence that awaited passengers embarking on their transatlantic journey. The scene is set within Southampton docks, where countless dreams were about to embark on an unforgettable voyage across the Atlantic. The image showcases a spacious and well-appointed saloon adorned with elegant furnishings and intricate detailing. It speaks volumes about the dedication put forth by shipbuilders in creating an environment that would provide comfort for those traveling in third class. In this snapshot frozen in time, one can almost hear echoes of laughter and anticipation as passengers eagerly await departure. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of not only the grandeur associated with ocean travel during this period but also pays homage to all those who embarked on these magnificent vessels. Preserved within Historic England Archive's collection, this remarkable print allows us to step back into history and marvel at an era when ocean liners reigned supreme as symbols of human ingenuity and ambition.
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