RMS Olympic photos from The LoC archives


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This might sound stupid, but why does the water line area seem to look like she had a slight run in with an iceberg herself?
 
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Rocky, that's typical residuals for a NA/winter crossing. I once saw a video of Lusitania, and what I thought was water-line paint worn off, was informed by Eric Sauder that it was ice build-up. Obviouslly from the spray & cold air...

Michael Cundiff
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Hmmmm?? In my collection, I have an original
approx. 8 x 10 original photo of 13705.jpg.
The photo has all the characteristics of natural aging and was aquired from a TIS trustee.

Michael Cundiff
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Rocky: Realizing OLYMPIC's maiden crossing was
mid-summer...just the same...residuals of paint loss owing to a NA crossing.

Michael Cundiff
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>>Is it not salt build up?<<

Nope. Doesn't really work that way. You can get some residue on the hull, but it tends to be extremely fine and doesn't alter the colour of the paint. You do, however, get quite a bit of wear and tear on the paint, particularly with the coatings of the era which didn't always cling as well as what we might expect for more modern coatings.
 

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