Post Titanic Refit

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Do any exterior photos exist of the Olympic after the Titanic sank when she is being refitted? I read in a book that she had he funnels and boilers removed so I was wondering if there were any photos.

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Mark Baber

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The New York Times, 13 March 1913

CALL OLYMPIC UNSINKABLE
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Builders Have Placed Inner Hull in White Star Liner

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By Marconi Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph to The New York Times
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LONDON, March 12---A Belfast dispatch to The Evening News says:

"One of the most wonderful shipbuilding feats ever known has nearly been
finished on the White Star liner Olympic. The nature of the work has
thus far been kept secret, but I am now able to say that Harland & Wolff
are constructing an enormous steel shell inside her hull. It extends
nearly the full length of the ship, from No. 3 bulkhead forward to
the rear turbine room aft.

"If she collided with an iceberg, as her sister the Titanic did, and
her hull were ripped oft by a slanting blow she would not sink. The
inner hull would keep her afloat almost as if nothing had happened. It
would be the same if she ran into a submerged rock.

"Harland & Wolff's naval architects believe that they have realized the
quest of an unsinkable ship."

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Again with the unsinkable statement. With the "egg on the face" that White Star would have been left with by letting the "unsinkable" concept perpetuate in relation to Titanic,this article surprises me - Do we really think that H&W's experienced architects would have used these particular words or is it just another case of the media twisting and exagerating things?.
 

Adam E

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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!
 

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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!
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.
 
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Adam E

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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?
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...