Olympics's cranes

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Apr 27, 2007
I've tried searching for the life of me but I can't find this info.

I'm doing a final 3D panorama image with the Titanic and Olympic and I was wondering if the cranes on the Olympic actually was raised/lifted as seen in several images? For instance I've seen on several images where the frontal cranes were lifted and made a "cross" when looked at, was this how they stayed during their journeys on sea? On Titanic these were obviously down horizontally when at sea.

Both the front and the back cranes seem to be lifted on several images and I can't figure out if she went out on the sea like that.

Thanks for any answer! Sorry if I posted in the wrong section. =)

Ralph Currell

Aug 5, 2007
Hello Emil,

As far as I've been able to tell from photos, Olympic did go to sea with her cranes in various positions. There's a well-known aerial photo of her at sea as a troop ship that shows the after cranes raised to about 30 degrees and facing each other. Presumably they were locked or tied in position to prevent movement in heavy seas.

I hope this helps.
Best regards,
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