RMS Olympic bridge and wheelhouse interior pics


Alec Barker

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Hello,
are there any pictures of inside the RMS Olympic's bridhe or wheelhouse?
It would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Alec
 

Nigel Bryant

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Hi,

I don't think there any pictures of Olympic wheelhouse, there is one view that is believed to be of Titanic's wheel house showing telephones mounted on the back wall. There is one famous photograph taken by Francis Browne of Olympic's bridge taken at Queenstown: See a photgraph of it here: http://www.euronet.nl/users/keesree/wheelhse.jpg

I think also there might be some photgraph's of Olympic's bridge in later life showing extra telegraphs and other equipment. I hope this helps.

All the best,

Nigel
 

Alec Barker

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Hello Nigel,
Quote " there is one view that is believed to be of Titanic's wheel house showing telephones mounted on the back wall"
Do you have the link for this photo?
Thanks alot for your help,
All the best,
Alec
 

Alec Barker

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Thankyou Nigel,
This is PERFECT information and pictures for my research, the pictures are superb!
Thanks alot!
Alec
 
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There's that famous photo of Olympic's three deck officers and Captain Smith. You know the one of 1st Officer William McMaster Murdoch standing apart from Evans, Alexander, and EJ? Their backs (and Will's left side) are to Oly's bridge.
 

Jeremy Lee

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>>Young visitors at the wheel of the Olympic, which is now open to the public prior to being broken up at Jarrow<<

I didn't know that the Olympic was open to the public before scrapping. Anyone knows what was the period of time that the Olympic was open to the public in 1935 or are there any news articles?
 
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Brian R Peterson

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When Old Reliable was laid up at Jarrow, I think at that point anybody could board her and walk all throughout her decks, I am sure the workers had begun stripping her interiors so it would have been a sad sight to say, walk into the First Class Lounge and find no furniture and the marble fireplace stripped for example.

I have seen photos of Olympic's First Class interiors during construction, it would be interesting to have some of her dismantling to compare as THEN and NOW collages.

Best Regards,

Brian
 
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Brian R Peterson

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Jeremy,

if there are any existing photos of the Olympic's interiors during her scrapping, I have not yet come across them.

Best Regards,

Brian
 
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The only photo I've seen of Olympic while she was being scrapped was where the hull...what was left of it...was being towed to Inverkeithing for final demolition. You can find that photo HERE. Just click on the thumbnailed image.

Fair warning: It's not pretty.
 

Jeremy Lee

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It strikes me that the people doing the scrapping did not take a picture of such a famous ship. (I remember the picture of the Berengaria during scrapping, her funnel crashing down)

Maybe its hidden somewhere again!
 
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Brian R Peterson

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I highly doubt the depression era workers who were thrilled to have work dismantling Olympic would hardly have access to a camera or think to photograph her interiors as she was dismantled

Best Regards,

Brian
 
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Jeremy, I don't know that anyone would have given it a lot of thought. To the people cutting the ship up, it was just another job and in the Depression, a welcome one. Having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if some photos were taken, but if they're extant, they're probably held in private collections, or are stashed forgotten in some old shoebox.

I don't expect that there would have been a lot of shutterbugs running around loose. A shipyard is a mighty dangerous place to be running around loose going "Click, click, click" with a camera while ignoring everything that's going on around you. You can get dead real quick that way! Picture the following scenerio:

Rube: "Watch out for that hole in the deck."
Statistic: "What hole in the de....aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!" >>SPLAT<<
Rube: "That hole in the deck!"

Sounds funny, but it happens! Shipyards are not for the faint hearted.
 

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