by Mark Chirnside
Launched as the pride of British shipbuilding and the largest vessel in the world, Olympic was more than 40 per cent larger than her nearest rivals, almost 900ft long and the first ship to exceed 40,000 tons. She was built for comfort rather than speed and equipped with an array of facilities, including Turkish and electric baths, a swimming pool, gymnasium, squash court, a la carte restaurant, large first-class staterooms and plush public rooms. Surviving from 1911 until 1935, she was a firm favourite with the travelling public, carrying hundreds of thousands of farepaying passengers and retained a style and opulence even into her twilight years. During the First World War, she carried more troops than any other comparable steamship and was the only passenger liner ever to sink an enemy submarine by ramming it.
Overshadowed frequently by her sister ships Titanic and Britannic, Olympic’s history deserves more attention than it has received.
This revised and expanded edition of the critically acclaimed RMS Olympic – Titanic’s Sister uses new images and further original research to tell the story of this remarkable ship eighty years after her career ended.
This is an excellent and thorough history of this great ship and I would very highly recommend this book to our readers.
Published by:The History Press The Mill Brimscombe Port Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2QG www.thehistorypress.co.uk
Paperback: 248mm x 174mm, 350 pp illustrated