Yeah. come to think of it Id like a direct link. I don't want to end up on a Yahoo fan group of the Cameren film. I like the film, but I personally think the Olympic would be a better ship to use for a film. Have the U boat ramming at the climax! Sorry, Titanic's already overdone for the films.
I, too, love the Olympic class vessels. I have a nine foot length of wooden moulding which went around the first class elevator of the Britannic before she was requisitioned by the British Admiralty and the pieces removed so she could be furnished as a hostpital ship. I have a passenger list and a ships menu from the Olympic, and a couple of pieces of coal from the Titanic's wreck site and a small piece of wood that was recovered by a William Parker who sailed on the Minia to recover bodies from the Titanic.
You know, I've been struck by some thoughts I've had over the last few years as I've met people who love the history of the Titanic and her sisters as much as I do. And I've met people or had indirect dealings with people of the Titanic culture from Robert Ballard, Ken Marschall, Ed Kamuda, Eric Sauder, and many others with similar interests. I've been impressed that it's like we're all almost 'family', we all seem to have some sort of connection with the Titanic and her past. I've never been able to communicate exactly what it is that connects us all, but there is a connection. What other ocean liner in history has ever had this much introspection and discussion and research done on her and her passengers and crew. And there have been many notable ocean liner disasters. But the Titanic grabs hold of you when you seek her out and she never lets you go. She gets into your bloodstream and you never get over her beauty and elegance or the needless tragedy which ensued. I've been studying the Titanic and her history since 1970, and I still learn new things about her, thanks to all of you. Thanks for letting me be a part of this cool forum.
>>>But the Titanic grabs hold of you when you seek her out and she never lets you go. She gets into your bloodstream and you never get over her beauty and elegance or the needless tragedy which ensued<<<
Indeed. I actually took a 4 year hiatus off from Titanic during my high school years, I guess I needed a break after all the movie hype. I had teachers who looked down upon me for my interest in the subject and that made things rather difficult. On the other hand, there were a few teachers who relished in my Titanic knowledge and would allow me to lecture the class on the subject (I became disgruntled during a lecture after a teacher referred to Captain Smith as Captain White and Bruce Ismay as Count Ismiss, mind you she gathered her information from a book that stated that Titanic had two grand staircases, one called Olympic and one Britannic).
Nonetheless, Titanic still grabs ahold of me. Who knows what it is?
Carl, do you perhaps have any more information regarding the 9 feet of moulding? Perhaps a photograph? hehe. I am curious to as how much the ship differed from her sisters. I am also currently working on a CGI of the Britannic's GSC, perhaps this could be some useful information to a few of us here with interest in the interior design of the ships.
Hi Steve. I purchased my moulding in 2002 and posted a photo on the website Titanic Titanic. Incidentally, Andrew, the guy who runs that site had outbid me at one point, bringing much relief to me as I at that time, didn't know how I was going to pay for it. (Let that be a lesson to you. Never bid on anything if you've had a few beers. LOL.) He soon retracted his bid, and I went on to win it. I found the funding for it. It, along with many other pieces, was discovered in a back room of the A-l bar in Belfast. They came to light courtesy of the Irish Republican Army which had the audacity to blow it up. I can see blowing up things, but a BAR????? I, too, would love to see how the interiors of these great ships looked. Eric Sauder has just written a new book about the history of the Lusitania and he includes many new never before published photos of her interiors. My piece from the Britannic is moulding that went around her first class elevator. It has her hull number stamped on the back, along with the words Bridge Deck. I purchased it from David Scott Beddard, President of the British Titanic Historical Society, who is making a valiant effort to purchase the Nomadic, the tender that ferried passengers out to the Titanic, and have her restored to her former glory for future generations to see and experience. As for the differences between the Britannic and her sisters, I've read that she had a slightly larger beam than her sisters, presumably to carry the extra weight of her huge davits. Her bridge structure was slightly different. There was a pneumatic tube connected from the bridge to the wireless room, to make the message transit much easier, something the Titanic and Olympic didn't have prior to the Titanic's sinking. As for those davits, I believe that they were probably overkill, and she could have done as the Olympic and placed them all along the deck with collapsibles underneath and preserved her natural beautiful appearance. Would be interested in hearing other viewpoints as well. Thanks.