First Class Public Rooms on the Olympic


Brian R Peterson

Hi All!

Here are my renderings of what First Class public rooms on Olympic looked like throughout her different stages of life

I will continually add to this collection as I finish new pieces.

Best Regards,

Alec Barker

Alec Barker

Realy gives you a great feeling of what it actually looked like, if you were onboard her!
Keep up the great work!

p.s. How do you do it?


Sahand Miraminy

Brian you are awesome! I think i might know the secret but it just seems too time consuming darnit!

Nigel Bryant

Dear Brain,

Those are very good colorizations! I admire all that work you must have put in them. I have got a few things to point out, I am not nit-picking, but just helping you out so if you ever do any more (and I hope you do) colorized photographs of the Olympic/Titanic's public rooms you can make them even more accurate. I not exactly saying that some of these answers are stone concrete, but based on publications from the day and from interior studies people have done of the Olympic and her sisters.

Just a few things;

The Gym

The gym tiles of that 1920's photograph, the coloured diamonds on the linoleum floor I think are believed to be black or brown.

The A La Carte Restaurant,

I am not sure exactly what the colours are for the renovated Cafe Parisian, but I do know in most of the publications from The Shipbuilder state that the carpet in the Restaurant was a rosy colour and I quote from that source:

"The floor is covered with an elgant pile carpet of Axminster make, having a none-obtrusive design of the Louis Seize period. The colour is a delicate vieuz rose of the shade known as Rose du Barri, in the perfect harmony with the surroundings." -pg 72.

The First Class Hair Salon

Information about this area is a bit sketchy. I don't know what the floor colourings would have been in this area, as the Salon was added later in the vessels career when numerous and radical colour changes had taken place. You may be correct.

The First-Class Dining Saloon,

One of my favourite rooms on the Olympic-class vessels. Most of the publications show that the Olympic's dinning room chairs were covered in a dark green upholstery. (It's only in later years, that her upholstery was changed after White Star was taken over by Royal Mail Steam Packet)

This source comes from a coloured postcard from the The Shipbuilder that is based on the Olympic's Saloon. See the coloured copy in Titanic: An Illustrated History In recent finds from Cameron's 2001 expedition it has been found out that Titanic's Saloon tiles were decorated in a dark blue and it has been speculated by others that Olympic's was a shade lighter as depicted in Illustrated History.

Titanic's blue was darker than the blue shown in the illustration, therefore the coloured picture must be illustrating Olympic's colour scheme. She was the first ship of the class and other recent finds later on show that those coloured brochures were mostly depicting Olympic's public rooms, not Titanic's. Another example is the first-class Smoking Room, which only in recent years is now definitely proven that the postcard represents the Olympic not Titanic, as Titanic's colours were different.

The rest of the tile pattern in the Dining Saloon show that the border is decorated in a red and the cross is a gold. This comes from the The Shipbuilder and the research of Parks Stephenson, a person who has studied tiles on the Olympic-class vessels. Parks reported this a while back.

As said before, I am not trying to nit-pick at all this hard work you have done but trying to help you refine it for future works. I hope this information will be of help to you in a later date when you undertake future colorizations of the Olympic and Titanic public rooms. Your works do certainly give a feel of what it would have been like onboard. Keep up the great work.

All the best,