Funnel #4 Aft Starboard Door Added?

texag01

texag01

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I came across a curious notation while browsing the R.J. Welch Harland & Wolff Collection on the NMNI.com site recently. The following photo appears to show chalk markings on the aft starboard side of funnel #4 indicating the extents of a “Door Cut” to be added, or at least studied, while still under construction. I haven’t seen this particular door indicated on any of the modernized plans though it does seem like a convenient access point into the #4 superstructure as it wasn‘t tied to the boilers. I have not found any photographs with a decent vantage point to conclusively document the door’s existence.

Has anyone found any photographic evidence that could prove or disprove the door’s existence?

Regards,

Luke

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Thomas Krom

Thomas Krom

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Has anyone found any photographic evidence that could prove or disprove the door’s existence?
As far as I am aware this photograph (H1508, taken on the second class boat deck of the Olympic in April 1910) is the only proof of this cut. A picture of the Olympic in either June or July 1911 from nearly the exact same position as in April shows no door or any signs of cuts in the funnel. This is the same for the Titanic, as shown on a photograph taken by the press in Queenstown on the 11th of April 1912.

Two Air suction Sirocco fans could be found inside the fourth funnel, originally this door this door was meant to grant the engine crew a more easier access than constantly climbing up the fourth funnel, but it was found to be practically obsolete during the final stages of the construction of the Olympic.

The pictures are included below:

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The Olympic in April 1911, during the final stages of the fitting out (H1508, Harland & Wolff Collection, National Museum of Northern Ireland)
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The Olympic in the summer of 1911 (American Library of Congress)
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The Titanic on the 11th of April 1912 (Cork Examiner)
 

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texag01

texag01

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Very interesting! Now that I see the much enlarged image you provided, the text appears to read “Don’t Cut” as opposed to “Door Cut” as I thought previously. Thanks for the help!
 
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