Tripp, The Shipbuilder was a trade magazine that was published at the time and included among other things the Special editions on the Olympic and Titanic which are likely the most detailed general descriptions of these ships you'll find from any source. This particular special has been reprinted several times, most notably in Ships Of the Past, Olympic and Titanic and also in the two volumn The Shipbuilder edited by Mark Warren.
The periodical still continues in publication today as Shipping World and Shipbuilder.
Thanks for the clarification, Michael. Do you think they'd have any of the reprinted editions available at bookstores websites (ex. Amazon or Barnes & Noble) or would I need to snoop around E-bay to see what's available?
As Brian indicated, you would have to snoop around eBay and more likely, any on-line used book shops. While not the easiest to get, it's not impossible. You might want to try for the Ocean Liners of the Past series as these seem to be the most common. There have been recent attempts to do a reprint of the actual souvenier edition of the Olympic class by THS, but the project was stillborn.
I am a freelance photographer who grew up in Belfast and have always been fascinated by the shipyard, cranes and Titanic heritage.
A while back, with the news that the area was being cleared and redeveloped I decided to go down, investigate and document the remains of this area for my own interest and as a piece of historical evidence.
You will see the various cranes from modern giants to steam power ones that helped build Titanic, Several of the empty Warehouses, paint and plating rooms, offices, boiler rooms and toilet blocks.
I am exhibiting these photographs in a few weeks and am trying to find out a little more about the objects and buildings in the pictures, and any stories and recollections from people who worked in the yard from Titanic to current days.
I will be projecting the images and want to run a narrative through the images of recollections, stories, to give a feeling of atmosphere, celebration and loss.
If anyone would like to comment on the pictures, offer any information or stories I would love to hear.
How's this for a "riveting yarn".In 1918,a riveter from H&W,one Mr James Moir, whilst working on a war ship for the RN,drove 11,209 rivets in a 9 hr shift.Don't ask me what he drove them with.Does anyone know if the phneumatic hammer or the hydraulic squeeser was around then?
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I note that the question of "unskilled" ship yard workers has been raised in the context of the latest riveting dispute. Just an observation, but those who built the Olympic and Titanic were skilled men with understandable pride in their work. It is true that Harland & Wolff also employed a large number of unskilled labourers - but these would not have been ship-builders. They were engaged in excavating the massive dry docks that were being built to accommodate the now, super-large ships.
>>They were engaged in excavating the massive dry docks that were being built to accommodate the now, super-large ships.<<
The unskilled labour was also used in other capacities. It doesn't take an awful lot of know how to be a catch boy for a riveting team or to be useful as a strongback. They wouldn't have been the craftsmen, but they would have been in the service of those who were.