I ask the question who idea was it in the first place to build the Olympic class ships?
Ismay, Pirrie or Morgan?
A very interesting question. Each of the men would benefit from the deal; J. Bruce Ismay would gain by more passenger fares for White Star Line, Lord Pirrie would see the creation of new jobs and more work for his shipyard. Pretty sure there was a small profit margin for Harland and Wolff above the build costs in their contracts set out with White Star. J.P. Morgan would expand the reach of his IMMC and appears to have wanted to dominate the shipping trade.
Everyone involved had something to gain.
I have always thought Lord Pirrie may have had the idea for the Olympic class ships in the first place but if others have some thoughts on this, I would very much like to hear them.