OLYMPIC ★ TITANIC ★ BRITANNIC
AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF
THE OLYMPIC CLASS SHIPS
By Mark Chirnside
Competition between the major shipping lines was fierce at the beginning of the twentieth century. Britain responded to the commercial threat by the growing
German merchant marine and there was also rivalry between the Cunard Line and its chief competitor, the White Star Line. Against this backdrop, Olympic, Titanic and Britannic were conceived. Designed for passenger comfort, they were intended for luxurious surroundings and safe, reliable service rather than record-breaking speed. In the end, Fate decreed that only Olympic would ever complete a single commercial voyage and she went on to serve for a quarter of a century in peace and in war. Titanic’s name would become infamous when she sank on her maiden voyage. Britannic saw a brief and commendable career as a hospital ship during the First World War, sinking in the Aegean Sea in 1916.
Mark Chirnside tells the sister ship’s stories by way of previously unseen pictures, passenger diaries and deck plans. With a focus on the human histories of those who traveled and worked on the ships, this beautifully illustrated book details Olympic’s successful career and the premature ends of her two unfortunate sisters.
Hardcover 168 pages Lavishly illustrated in color and black & white.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday March 06, 2012.