Olympics's Grand Staircase


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Daniel Ehlers

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Does anyone know where Olympic's grand staircase furnishings went? I understand that a length of railing and the clock are both in the White Swan Hotel... But where did the panelling, the lifts, and the dome go when she was scrapped?
 
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Between the hotel, a paint factory, pubs and private homes, much of Olympic's paneling stillexists..same fro Britannic's.

Olympic's domes seem to have nanished into history- a dome often attributed to being Olympic's (at the paint factory I think) is likly from the Calgaric....

A large batch of Olympic paneling recently turned up at auction, found in a barn methinks, and bits sometimes pop up on Ebay....

Some First class resturaunt paneling was going to be installed in a new cruise ship


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The A La Carte ( I think) Restaurant Panelling is now on board the cruise ship Millennium in the ''Olympic Restaurant''.
 
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There is a wonderful contribution (SEE: May '02 AMERICAN HERITAGE) titled "Sailing On". Featured is a nice photo of modern day waiters afront the panels. Greeters of the OLYMPIC dining salon aboard MILLENNIUM. Complete with re-created OLYMPIC menus in hand!

The challenges imposed to add these elegant OLYMPIC panels to a modern cruise ship, owing to there three inch thickness, was that a fire wall be built around the restaurant, in effect creating a room within a room!

Michael A. Cundiff
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Daniel Ehlers

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Thanks! Do you know where I can find a picture of this cruise ship? What company is it owned by? I tried searching for "Millenium Cruise Ship" on Google, but it came up "The Queen Elizabeth II Millenium Cruise" or the "Princess Millenium Cruise" and other things like that... It would be amazing to see the panneling on a new ship...

Also, is it just the panneling onboard Millenium, or are there other A la Carte furnishings there?

Thanks again!
 
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Hello Daniel:

I apologize for this late reply. The Carson Valley got *socked* by Old Man Winter. Unfortunately, at such time the Internet is not a priority.

As of my aforemention, the May 2002 AMERICAN HERITAGE features a photograph of the OLYMPIC paneling in it's current domain.

To my knowledge it is just the 140 linear feet which found it's way to a modern cruise ship.

Michael A. Cundiff
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Any point leaving stuff on this far back, not sure, but let's do it anyhow!
Olympic's grand staircase has turned up more than most of us would think, but less than we would hope.
The clock from the Forward Grand Staircase Honour and Glory Crowning time is in Southampton Maritime Museum Donated by Rio Tinto Zinc, the paintings from the landings between decks and some of the staircase panelling and the architrave moulding along with some of the pilasters and their bases where located in the Haltwhistle paintworks now defunked, the central balustrade from the D deck landing and the smaller sections leading down from C deck to the landing in between decks can be found at the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick and the 21 light candleabra that sat on the plinth on the foot of the whites swans staircase balustrade found itself to Thomas Ward and Sons head office, in the Albion Works in Sheffield. Unfortunately/fortunately, whichever way you look at it Thomas Ward was taken over in the early eighties by Rio tinto who took all the fittings from the albion works, at some point during this transition, the 21 light light candleabra dissapeared into history again, but at some point later on, Rio Tinto donated Honour and Glory Crowning time and Norman Wilkinsons painting from the smoking room to Southampton Maritime Museum. Light fittings from the Grand Staircase and the Restaurant reception room on D Deck have turned up in all kinds of places. From the Aft Grand Staircase we saw a lot of stuff in an auction in 1991. The Clock from the Aft Grand Staircase, and various panelling including the ornately carved deck indication panels turned up also. Pilasters and plinths of all kinds also turned up in this sale. Light fittings from the B Deck landing where located in the toilets of the Staff Restaurant at Haltwhistle. That's all I can think of at the moment, hope someone reads this and it's of some use??!!
 
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Luke Mack

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This is a Drawing of olympics staircase from a White Star brochure I bought from the twenties. There are also drawings of the ship itself,Lounge, Smoking room, boatdeck and cabins.
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Diego Uriol

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does anybody know if there's a picture of the staircase on E deck?
 
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