Does anyone know what this dark shadow is on the Olympic in Belfast? I thought it was the shadow of the crane but the shadow does not go down to the ground. It appears to be in the area where the Titanic broke in two. Did the Olympic class ships have a weakness here or some kind of modification similar to the enclosure on A-deck which made that patch darker and needed another coat of paint? According to the newspapers the heavy machinery was removed from the ship in order for her to enter the dry dock owing to the weight of the ship. Did they remove a section of the ship to allow the removal of the machinery? When the Olympic was leaving Belfast after repairs she found difficulty passing the Titanic and it was decided to bring the Titanic back into the dry dock shortly before her trials so that the Olympic could depart. Could the small middle section of the wreck have been detached for the removal of her machinery and then reattached in a hurry so that she could depart on time, and this operation caused a weakness in the ship's design? Wild idea, but I always explore every possibility. Any ideas how they removed the heavy machinery after the ships were built?
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