but I would be fascinated to see a painting done of what I call Valhalla Harbor - with a number of important or interesting liners floating peacefully at anchor in a smooth body of water, surrounded by towering mountains.
I often wonder about the Olympic and often think what a huge tourist attraction it might have been if its builders had the hind sight to see its historical significance and it hadn't been scrapped. Could you imagine? Its hard to.
Responding to myself, Olympic was losing the most money per voyage on average than her running mates after the Cunard White Star merger. That is why she was retired in 1935.Even though Olympic is my favorite ship, I doubt she would have survived to our day. Let's say that Cunard had kept Olympic (which they should have-she was relatively cheap to operate when compared to her running mates.) and used her on the express service with the QM & Aquitania from 1936 until the start of WWII. The odds are Olympic would have survived the war. In 1947, the Australian government expressed interest in chartering Aquitania for immigrant service. But the ship was not available at that time. Perhaps Olympic would have run on that service for a period? I suspect she, along, with Aquitania would have gone to the breakers at about the same time. Preservation was just not seriously considered in that era.
Here is another interesting what if? What if Cunard had retired Majestic before Olympic? It's quite possible that Olympic would have become the Caledonia! If Cunard had only gone through with the plan to use Olympic in cruise service through the fall of 1935, the Caledonia conversion might still have happened.
It was honestly saddening that they scrapped all but Nomadic in favor of Queen Mary at the time, but oh my God, if Old Reliable wasn't scrapped, she would be amazing! I can imagine her being turned into either a floating hotel or even a museum ship with various artifacts and relics from all three Olympic-class liners. What I find very hard to imagine is what it would have been like to take a vorage on her while she was in service. Good 'ol Charlie Chaplin must have had a blast!I often wonder about the Olympic and often think what a huge tourist attraction it might have been if its builders had the hind sight to see its historical significance and it hadn't been scrapped. Could you imagine? Its hard to.
The best part about U-103 is that it was sunk with her propeller. And yeah, Olympic was truly the only "Unsinkable" of her class. Though, in terms of photos I've had a hard time finding much that AREN'T just the Titanic being colored with the nameplate photoshopped to say Olympic instead of Titanic. Gets very frustrating.Maybe considering that she survived multiple collisions and is the only known passenger ship to ram and sink a U-boat AND survive a Torpedo hit, Clive Palmer or others should think of Rebuilding Olympic! At least there's more photos...