RMS Olympic was the first Olympic-class luxury liner and was the older sister ship of Titanic and Britannic. Unlike her sister(s), Olympic served a prestigious 24 year long career.
In 1911, Olympic, Captained by none other than Edward Smith, collided with a British navy vessel named the HMS Hawke. Her massive size created a suction that pulled the Hawke into a collision. Olympic had been brought into the drydock for emergency repairs. Consequently, this delayed the maiden voyage of Titanic by three weeks. Had this incident never occurred, Titanic may of never hit the Iceberg.
On the night of April 15, 1912, Olympic received an SOS from Titanic and rushed to her sister's aid. When she reached 110 nautical miles of Titanics sinking location, she was turned down by Carpathia because the Carpathia's crew feared that the survivors may be traumatized at the sight of a Titanic duplicate appearing off of the horizon and offering them help. Olympic then continued to Southhampton as scheduled.
After the loss of Titanic, Mr. J Bruce Ismay added more lifeboats to Olympic.
In 1915 , Olympic was taken out of service and placed in the Royal Navy and served as a troop steamer in World War I. She became the only non-offensive vessel to sink a U-boat by ramming it. After losing her second sister Britannic in 1916, she became the only remaining liner of her kind. After the war in 1919, Olympic returned to transatlantic service.
In May 1934, Olympic accidentally rammed into a small lightship called the Nantucket in New York harbor. 7 people were killed in the incident.
In 1934 the White Star Line was bought out by it's rival Cunard Line. Cunard used Olympic until they deemed that the four-funneled ships were no longer efficient. Olympic was controversially scrapped in one year later in 1935 to create jobs for the poor.
Differences from TitanicEdit
Titanic herself was essentially an exact duplicate of her sister, but there were some minor differences between the two ships.
- The Olympic's promenade deck is exposed and runs the entire length of the ship. Titanic was originally going to have this feature but was changed in a last minute decision by Mr. Bruce Ismay. In place of this, Titanic's promenade deck was shortened to create private promenade suites. Cal and Rose stayed in one of those suites as shown in the film. This was the most notable difference.
- Titanic was more luxurious.
- Titanic had more portholes.
- Titanic had a higher passenger capacity.
- Third-class conditions were better on Olympic.
- Second class promenade was longer on Olympic.
- Olympic's grand staircase did not have angels.
Behind the scenesEdit
Olympic was mentioned by Thomas Andrews in the film.
Olympic was also mentioned in a deleted scene.
In an alternate script, the Olympic was also to be featured in a scene answering Titanic's distress call much how she did in real life but the idea scrapped because the Olympic scene was going to use the Titanic set. Being that Olympic's promenade deck was exposed and Titanic's wasn't, refitting the Titanic set would be deemed too much work for a one-minute scene.
Frederick Fleet was among many others to have served on both Titanic and Olympic.
Since the Olympic and Titanic looked virtually the same, and very little film of Titanic exists, footage of Olympic has been used to portray her sister in several early Titanic films. Olympic has often been mistaken for Titanic in photos as well.
There has been a long running conspiracy that Olympic and Titanic were switched after the HMS Hawke incident. Olympic sank and Titanic masqueraded as Olympic for the next 24 years. However this conspiracy died in 1998 when a large piece of hull raised matched a Titanic blueprint. Some Titanic survivors died believing the ship they were on was the Olympic.