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The Olympic-Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic, Britannic
     

The Olympic-Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic, Britannic

by Mark Chirnside
 

ISBN-10: 0752428683

ISBN-13: 9780752428680

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Tempus Publishing, Limited

Sitting around a dining-room table in 1907, the owners of the White Star Line discussed their competition to the newly-built Cunard liners, Lusitania and Mauretania. From that smoke-filled room came the first designs of three White Star superliners; Olympic and Titanic were to be built at Harland & Wolff's yard in Belfast, while the third ship, Britannic, was to

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Sitting around a dining-room table in 1907, the owners of the White Star Line discussed their competition to the newly-built Cunard liners, Lusitania and Mauretania. From that smoke-filled room came the first designs of three White Star superliners; Olympic and Titanic were to be built at Harland & Wolff's yard in Belfast, while the third ship, Britannic, was to follow after construction had been completed on the first pair of sisters. Each ship was subtly different. Lessons learned from the service of Olympic were put into practice for Titanic. With the loss, on her maiden voyage, of Titanic, the hull design was radically changed for the third sister ship. The new double hull, however, did not prevent Britannic sinking in less than an hour in the Aegean after she hit a German mine in 1916. Illustrated with many rare images of all three vessels, only one of which survived in regular service, this is the definitive history of the most famous sister ships of all time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752428680
Publisher:
Tempus Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction6
1The Oceanic Steam Navigation Company8
2Harland & Wolff13
3The Competition: Lusitania, Mauretania & Aquitania15
4Birth of the Olympics18
5RMS Olympic43
6RMS Titanic135
7HMHS Britannic217
8Discovery of Britannic275
9The Wreck of the Titanic285
Appendices
1Comparing the Olympics296
2'The wreck of the Titan'297
3Chronology299
4'UK Hydrographic Office Details of Wreck of the HMHS Britannic'305
5Nomadic & Traffic306
6Britannic & Aquitania Comparisons307
7Olympic's New Running Mates308
8Californian - 'the ship that stood still'?309
9Titanic's Safety Legacy322
10Britannic Remembrance325
11'...Short of Coal?'328
Endnotes335
Bibliography346
Acknowledgements348
Societies350
Index351

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