Damage to the Olympic following collision with HMS Hawke


Sep 6, 2011
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what happened after that ??? she was fixed and set sail again right ? i really hope so i heard she ended up bieng used for scrap :..( those 3 girls had a hard life titanic hit iceberg and sank britannic hit by bomb and sank and olympic used for scrap :..(
 

Joe Zahirniak

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The Olympic was the Sister ship to Titanic. After the incident with HMS Hawk she was no longer viable as an ocean going vessel. Because the accident was determined tobe the fault of White Star lines, Insurance money was not paid out. White Star was in dire straits with the loss of their investment. She was gantried next to Titanic and adjusted to look exactly like her. Their names and registration were swapped. The Titanic became the the Olympic and vice versa. It was the plan of the White Star Lines to pass off Olympic as Titanic and cause her to have an 'accident' thereby collecting the insurance they would otherwise not have gotten. The re-named Titanic was left to masquerade as the Olympic.
 
May 2, 2020
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Late to the party but it seems the other post was not much faster either lol. Anyway after the collision the Olympic returned to be fixed and then sailed again. Olympic was the only out of the three ships to have a long and successful career. Even Maria Skłodowska Curie sailed aboard the Olympic. It was finally scraped in mid 1930s after the infamous even when the ship had collision with a lighthouse. It had a lot of loyal passengers though who were very disappointed by that decision.

There was never any vicious conspiracy that included swapping names or anything. There is enough photographic documentation to disprove that and recent findings in the wreck further identified it as Titanic for it had some differences that just weren't present on any known pics or plans of Olympic. The distaster cost White Star Line a heck lot of money, they lost a lot of good men and it destroyed Ismay's whole life. The entire thing was just a huge tragedy caused by greed and narrow thinking.
 

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