Titanic was an ocean liner operated by the White Star Line, which famously sank on her maiden voyage in April 1912. She had a virtually identical sister ship called Olympic which entered service the year before. After the sinking, Olympic was modified to become safer.
Since the Titanic disaster was a major news event around the world, passengers and crew were reluctant to travel on Olympic. Something needed to be done and fast.
Making Olympic Safer
Since it is well known that Titanic did not have enough lifeboats for all on board, unsurprisingly that was the first thing addressed. While they did that, much more work was undertaken to prevent another disaster occurring.
There is a video below by Oceanliner Designs & Illustrations on YouTube which goes through the modifications. It runs for just under ten minutes and the host, illustrator Michael C Brady, has a very engaging style.
In the ‘about’ section of his website, Michael writes, “As a child I would venture to Melbourne’s Station Pier to watch the Cunarder ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’ glide into port.” That resonated with me, as I used to do the same at Sydney’s Circular Quay when that famous liner visited Australia.
In fact, I ended up sailing on the QE2 from New York to Southampton on one of her last transatlantic crossings in 2008. I wish I had taken along a proper camera though, instead of using the camera on my Nokia 7390!
All the work completed by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland meant that Olympic ended up having a very long career. She was in service all the way through to 1935, when she was eventually sent for scrapping. Today you can vicariously experience these liners at Titanic Belfast, a fantastic attraction all round.
I thought the video was very well put together, which is obviously why I am sharing it here. There are some others by the same creator worth looking at too, so check them out on his channel.
Do you know much about the Titanic disaster and the White Star liners? What did you think of the video? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image via the Library of Congress.