I 'm not sure about the other museum ships, but I understand they have been having serious preservation problems with the Battleship USS Texas.Keep in mind that hotel/museum status did not work at all for the Queen Elizabeth, and is having serious issues these days with the Mary.
p.s. David, if I ever get rich, I will give you a call. I also thought it would be fun to do the Luci and the Normandie too
Not true. Most of her fittings are God knows where. SOme of the one’s unaccounted for are occasional seen up for sale on eBay and the like, but there is no guarantee of its authenticity. While Celebrity Millennium has her A La Carte restaurant it was removed from Millennium in 2016. Furthermore, when her fittings were auction off, barely 30% of her fittings were actually purchased due to the populace at the time seeming her beautiful fittings as dated and looking like “it belonged in their grandmother’s house”, which honestly was a very closed-minded view of it and an insult, considering how valuable they are.Hindsight is a great thing for Olympic. It all comes down to money. Come the 1930 the height depression years put the end of a good ship with others too. If they only knew the war years was just around the corner. The ship would of been saved. At lest all the first class fittings and furniture all sold off to good homes. The ship may be dead in the water but still alive on land! Turning into a museum can be very costly and land up costing the tax paying for it! As the Queen Mary in Long Beach made a thumping loss to start with. As I have a piece of her metal from the propeller melted down at 980c turned into a key ring tag. The certificate claims is original from the ship. RMS QUEEN MARY with cast model of the ship is one side and other side cast as the four bladed propeller with 1002 Atlantic Crossings. I bet that ship must cost a small fortune to keep the rust at bay. As a young boy had the honour sailing on the ship. Still remember one day in the Atlantic of the roughest weather I have every had to experience. The ship took a real beating that day. Like they say. They just don't build them like they did in the past!
There was no ill will. The Olympic had been a very profitable ship for over a quarter of a century but by 1935, trends, styles, fashions and tastes were changing, to say nothing of everybody wanting bigger and better.This is why I suspect ill will/intentions in Olympic’s scrapping.
Such an alternative would never have been seriously considered back in 1935. Very few ships had become museums in that day and age and I mean VERY few. With some extraordinary exceptions, it just wasn't done.This much I am aware of, yes. The older liners were becoming unprofitable and the Great Depression made it hard to use them for alternative earning means like floating hotels/museum ships.
Oh that looks funnyThe Olympic may have lost two of her funnels and suffered the same fate as several other 4-funnelled ships. e.g. In the 1930's the Arundel Castle and Windsor Castle had two funnels removed.
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What if scenario - The Olympic in 1939 with two large funnels.
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Perhaps an elevated bridge and a sharper bow as well.
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