Six men posed on the deck of RMS Olympic, White Star Line, 1920. 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 captures a significant moment in maritime history, showcasing a group portrait of six men standing proudly on the deck of the iconic RMS Olympic. As the sister ship to both the ill-fated Titanic and Britannic, this vessel holds immense historical significance. Commissioned by the renowned White Star Line, also known as the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, this Bedford Lemere and Company photograph offers a glimpse into life aboard one of the most luxurious liners of its time. Taken at Southampton docks, where countless voyages began and ended, this image exudes an air of anticipation and adventure. The men depicted here are undoubtedly part of the crew or staff responsible for ensuring smooth operations onboard. Their confident poses suggest their pride in being associated with such a remarkable vessel. The RMS Olympic was not only an engineering marvel but also symbolized hope and progress during an era marked by rapid industrialization. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of that golden age when ocean liners were considered feats of human ingenuity. Preserved within Historic England Archive's vast collection, this print allows us to travel back in time and witness firsthand the grandeur and majesty that defined these magnificent ships. It is through images like these that we can appreciate our rich maritime heritage while honoring those who played pivotal roles in shaping it.
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