SPECIAL 40th Anniversary Edition
OLYMPIC The Maiden Voyage
Olympic had an enormous effect on the future of the ocean liner and was White Star’s real “Ship of Dreams.” This issue is a unique manuscript that is laid out like a book, the contents are chapters. Only on rare occasions have editions been devoted to a single topic but it was necessary to do justice to this class of ship. At the same time Olympic’s theme connects developments in engineering, politics, seamen’s rights, business decisions and more. The thread that weaves its way throughout is, with the Olympic-class vessel there were enormous challenges that had to be met and many repercussions from them, especially Titanic. Olympic’s story lays a foundation to understanding the history of her ill-fated sister. In order to appreciate the basis and subsequent tragedy that befell her, one must recognize the circumstances leading up to it.
Contents in this Issue
Departure and Eastbound
Of special note, the smaller vessels connected with the ship, biographies and specifications of Nomadic, Traffic, Gallic, Ireland, America and Duke of Argyll are included. Many rare illustrations and photographs are seen for the first time. Olympic’s first voyage has never been written about and this tour de force by Ray Lepien is a must read for students of White Star and Titanic history.
Front Cover: The illustration on the Commutator’s cover is the White Star Triple Screw Steamship Olympic. The artwork appeared on the cover of a June 1911 special issue devoted to the new class of ship in The Shipbuilder, a trade journal.