From what I've been told this is footage of Olympic laid up and awaiting her final, awful end by scrapping. It kind of gives the whole image a sadder tenor to it: even near the end of her life she was a stately sight, Olympian in bearing to the last.
Yes. It's just so, so, so sad. Having the Queen Mary is nice and all, but good grief, imagine if that were the Olympic instead? That would be a major, MAJOR tourist attraction. I doubt many people make specific trips out to Long Beach just to see the QM, but many people would make special trips across the country and the world to see what is essentially an existing Titanic.From what I've been told this is footage of Olympic laid up and awaiting her final, awful end by scrapping. It kind of gives the whole image a sadder tenor to it: even near the end of her life she was a stately sight, Olympian in bearing to the last.
Hopefully I am not the last one to say that Old Reliable deserved better than the fate she met with (and shared with Mauretania, and later Aquitania) -- an ignominious, appalling end that could only be explained by the cold hard laws of economics.
Right, which brings me always back to the reality of Titanic. True, Titanic did not have enough lifeboats to have capacity for everyone on board; however, what if she did? Even at the rather slow rate at which Titanic sank (compare Titanic to Lusitania), there was not enough time for the officers and crew of Titanic to launch all of the lifeboats Titanic was equipped with; and this, despite the fact that Titanic's evacuation was ordered as soon as the serious nature of her condition was known for certain, and the dedication of her officers and men to their duty during the evacuation.Notice the totally impractical doubled up lifeboats. Try launching that lot in a hurry!