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Rms Olympic: Titanic's Sister (Revealing History) Paperback – December 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Revealing History
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus Pub Ltd (December 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075243148X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752431482
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,387,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Sitting around a dining–room table in 1907, the owners of the White Star Line discussed their competition to the newly built Cunard liners, Lusitania and Mauretania. From that smoke–filled room came the first designs of three White Star superliners. Olympic and Titanic were to be built at Harland & Wolff’s yard in Belfast, while the third ship was to follow after construction had been completed on the first pair of sisters.

The only ship to make a return passenger voyage was Olympic, and she was always overshadowed by her younger sisters. For the first time, here is the definitive story of Titanic’s sister, RMS Olympic.

Mark Chirnside lives in Leamington Spa and has researched the history of the White Star Line’s famous sisters for the past decade. He is one of the world experts on these famous liners. This is his second book for Tempus.

About the Author

Mark Chirnside is a maritime historian. He has previously written Olympic, Titanic, Britannic: An Illustrated History of the Olympic Class Ships; RMS Aquitania: The Ship Beautiful; Olympic Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic, Britannic; RMS Olympic: Titanic’s Sister; and RMS Majestic. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Kent Layton on February 21, 2007
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Mark Chirnside's "RMS OLYMPIC" is one of the finest maritime studies ever performed on the TITANIC's sister. The book looks at the entirety of the liner's career, from beginning to end. The author's research is incomparable, and it is obvious that he dug into numerous first-hand accounts and original sources to find answers to questions and controversies over her life, design and career.

The details and alterations made to the ship throughout her service are all wonderfully highlighted, and the narrative is fresh and enjoyable. There are a number of wonderful illustrations, though this book is more of a "reader" than a "picture book".

All in all, this volume is an instant classic, and belongs on the shelf of anyone with an interest in the OLYMPIC or her sisters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Severin Olson on July 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
In many ways the Olympic is what the Titanic would have been had it survived the maiden voyage. From 1911 to scraping in 1935 it sailed through few dull voyages, encountering storms, submarines, collisions and several renovations, none of which is left out of this text. The author states the ship could have served another fifteen years if only authorities had forseen the coming war.

You will certainly want to read this if you love Olympic or have a thing for ocean liners. But as with other ship 'biographies', it may be quite boring and too detailed for others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karafan on April 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
In this centenary year of Titanic's sinking, this volume concentrates on her elder sister, RMS Olympic, who plays somewhat the Cinderella role in the history of the White Star Line, overshadowed as she is by her more famous sibling.

A book concentrating at length on Olympic is long overdue - but, boy, was it worth the wait!
Mark Chirnside writes with great authority, has a painstaking eye for detail and colour and draws on a vast array of sources to bring to life the ship's romantic grandeur, state of the art technology and popularity with the sailing public.

He charts her long and fascinating career, vividly exploring her days as a millionaires' playground, her stint as a troop ship, her ramming of a German U Boat and her accidental slicing-through of the Nantucket Lightship at the close of her commercial life.

The book is peppered with numerous crisp black and white photographs (many which I have never seen) and a series of colour plates. Mr Chirnside's highly readable style kept me absorbed and frequently transported me back to the heady days when ocean going liners so completely caught the public imagination.

Why this elegant Edwardian ship, almost identical to her ill-fated sisters Titanic & Britannic, was allowed to meet an ignominious end at the breaker's yard in Jarrow in 1936 leaves me puzzled and saddened; her grandeur only now recalled in the pieces of her exquisite panelling gracing a north country hotel. A sad end to a wonderful Queen of the Ocean and a tale brilliantly told by Mark Chirnside in a book I cannot praise too highly.

If you're interested in the White Star Line's Olympic class ships, dispel any hesitation from your minds. This is a book to read, re-read and always treasure. First class!
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