I recommend the book "Olympic, Titanic's Sister" by Mark Chirnside. It will tell you just about everything you would want to know about Olympic.I know that following Titanic, Olympic recieved a number of changes, namely safety related ones, but what about interior ones? I know she got a cafe Parisien like Titanic. What else was changed? I know originally Olympic lacked the A deck cabins near the aft grand staircase, were those ever added? And any other major interior changes. Thanks!
Yes, the Olympic recieved this change during her refit, and Britannic it was standard in the design. Also, note that Olympic recieved a cafe Parisien during her refit. Much like Titanic. However, Britannic lacked this feature as the A La Cart restaurant was extended the full width of the ship. The reception room for the restaurant was also enlarged compared to Olympics. Titanic didn't have an actual "reception" room for it, just an open area near the aft grand staircase. Interesting indeed...While reading Walter Lord's "A night to remember" it mentioned that Andrews was plannig to divide Titanic's unpopular Reading and Writing Room into deluxe suites. Does anybody know if that plan was carried out in Olympic or Britannic?
Example of this was the Andrea Doria in 1956. within 15 minutes after being struck by Stockholm she took on a list of 25°. Half of her lifeboats became unlaunchable.With oil firing they were made WT and gave some protection against collision damage, but the stability problem remained.
I understood that in the case of Andrea Doria, one of the factors that contributed to the rapid big list was the fact that her fuel tanks were almost empty as she had reached the end of her voyage,. After the collision, the ruptured starboard tanks flooded rapidly while the largely air filled port tanks' increased buoyancy made the list worse.Example of this was the Andrea Doria in 1956. within 15 minutes after being struck by Stockholm she took on a list of 25°. Half of her lifeboats became unlaunchable.