White Star didn't have access to the high-pressure turbine technology, such as Cunard did when they built Lusitania and Mauretania (one of the benefits they got along with their govt. subsidy for staying out of Morgan's IMM).Hi,
For me, the let down for the Olympic class ships (as well as not having enough lifeboats) was that they had two reciprocating engines which were old technology and I think it should have had triple turbines, as the Lusitania and Mauretania had these in 1907. The Olympic class design was quite conservative.
Not quite David. The first all turbine warship built for the Royal Navy was the Destroyer, HMS Viper commissioned in 1900. The RN also purchased another all turbine hull, which was converted into a destroyer that same year, commissioned as HMS Cobra however, Viper was the first ship built from the keel up for the RN.HMS Dreadnought was the first all turbine warship when it was launched in 1906
IF such a thing had happened, perhaps they could have copied what they did with the Suevic and remake a new bow section (provided there wasn't any greater damage to the keel or other parts of the hull).I've often pondered the question, "If Titanic had not foundered and had been brought back to H&W repairs, would the total cost have been greater than scrapping the damaged vessel and applying that money to completing Britannic or starting a 4th Olympic class steamer?" It's a hypothetical question with no answer in reality. History does not reveal its alternatives.