Ashley, I have always thought so. The ram of the Hawke was not meant simply to damage the ship, but to wreck it. Since the 1800s they had been making ships especially for ramming, the best warships always had a prow, and most used it very well (despite the fact most ships lost their prow when striking the enemy vessel. The idea that the Hawke could strike Olympic and damage it so badly, and yet Olympic could still float, served as proof of the alleged unsinkability of the Olympic Class vessels. Captain EJ Smith would know this better than anyone, it was he, after all, who was in charge of the Olympic during the accident, and so it is natural that Smith would think so highly of the Olympic Class ships.