RMS OLYMPIC - 1911
‘the largest steamer in the world’
Olympic is a ship on which volumes could be written. When she first went into service she smashed size records and became world-renown for being a veritable floating palace. Indeed, the next largest ship, Cunard’s Mauretania, was about 100’ shorter and displaced around 15,000 tons less. Olympic provided a standard of luxury never before seen at sea and was the first of what White Star Line planned to be a trio of outstanding vessels. Tragically, this was never to be the case; both of Olympic’s sisters were lost and she would go on to serve a somewhat awkward role in White Star Line’s fleet - a reminder of what could have been.
This drawing depicts Olympic exactly as she appeared on June 21, sailing into New York Harbour for the first time on her maiden voyage.
Tonnage: 45,324 GRT
Max Speed: 24 kn
This illustration of 'Olympic' was completed over the course of two weeks in November 2018 by Michael C Brady and involved around 30 hours of drawing. Original plans and high-definition photographs were studied in order to maintain authenticity and special thanks is owed researchers Bruce Beveridge and David Cotgreave their invaluable work in regards to the Olympic Class..
Dimensions: 1627mm x 5902mm, 300DPI