Thanks Mark. It's strange... Like I said, I heard from somewhere that Olympic was more famous than Titanic until after Titanic sank. It's strange, then, that Titanic would have so many more prominent people...
Maybe not so strange depending on the time of year. After extended holidays, a lot of people would be on their way home. This would include a lot of the well-to-do who would be returning from travel in Egypt, or Europe.
I suspect that had the Titanic not gone down, the Olympic would be a lot better remembered as the first ship in a class usually is. Outside of our circle though, how many people even know the Olympic (or the Britannic!) existed much less know their story?
The Cameron film also perpetuated the legend of the Titanic as a one of a kind supership, the likes of which the world had never seen. Olympic was never mentioned and it is inferred that Titanic is one of a kind.
"He envisioned a steamer so grand in scale and appointments that her supremacy would never be challenged"-Thomas Andrews from the movie. (not an exact quote)
I seriously doubt Andrews, even in a burst of enthusiasm, would have said that since they were building Britannic at that moment.
Most take what Cameron portrayed as the truth. When I would start to explain events as they really happened I got startled responses. Most couldn't believe what I was saying. But then again most of those where young folks. The older ones knew that I knew what I was talking about.
I believe Imperator was being planned, if not already being built, at the time as well...
And also, to everyone else, if Cameron made actually said that there were other ships just as big, it would've kind of detracted from the idea that Titanic was superior to everything of its day... Not that I agree; Olympic deserved a good mention at least in the movie...
I thought you would be interested to know that when the Hawke collided with the Olympic in 1911 a little over twenty millionaires were onboard. Not as much as the Titanic, but still interesting. I'm thinking that maybe alot of these people were returning from holidays aboard (i.e. John Jacob Astor and Molly Brown)
You're so right. Considering the dwindling number of survivors from Titanic in 1912, let alone those who can remember the sinking, it seems highly unlikely that anyone still lives -- or remembers -- Olympic's maiden voyage. There were/are people from the wartime voyages who passed away recently in the 1990s. I also know someone who saw Olympic in 1935, but alas I have yet to find anyone who actually remembers in detail one of her early voyages.
I actually correspond with an older man who travelled on Olympic in 1912. He was supposed to travel back to Europe from USA with the Titanic, but when she sank the family got tickets on Olympic instead.
He was only four years old back then and doesn't remember so much today, but he remembers a little. He is very old, but he still loves to write mail.
There must be plenty of people left who travelled on Olymic in the 1930's. It would be very interesting to hear stories from one of them. I hope I will manage to contact someone one day who remember and would like to be interviewed.
I'm not at all sure about that, Mark. There were some 1300 passengers on Olympic for her maiden voyage, right? Add in the crew, and we're dealing with a pool of over 2,000 people, nearly three times as many as survived Titanic, only ten months later. I would think it's a pretty good bet that there are still some survivors, although they were, as you suggest, probably too young to have any meaningful memories of the trip.
In any event, trying to track them down now, so many years later, is probably an impossible task.