FAREWELL SALUTE FROM SIRENS
The Olympic, which is to be broken up by Messrs.T.W.Ward and Co at Jarrow to provide employment, was safely berthed alongside Palmers shipyard today. The coming of the liner to the Tyne attracted many thousands of spectators, including the Lord Mayor of Newcastle and other Mayors from Tyneside, to the harbour mouth and along the banks of the river. The Olympic arrived off the Tyne early this morning, but did not enter the harbour until shortly before 3 o’clock. Early mist shrouded the ship, but the last stage of her journey up the river was made in clear weather. Vessels in the river sounded their sirens in farewell to the Olympic which replied to the salute.
The liner proceeded up river under her own steam. Two tugs ahead and two more astern assisted to manoeuvre the vessel into her berth. The berthing operation was expeditiously accomplished without any hitch on the peak of the tide. The breaking-up of the ship will provide work for some hundreds of Jarrow men for 18 months, and will represent £100,000 in wages. Sir John Jarvis and Lady Jarvis watched (he arrival of the vessel, and later went on board with the Mayor and Mayoress of Jarrow. Tomorrow a civic reception is to be given on board. The 200 guests will include representatives of all the Tyneside boroughs.
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Stanley C. Jenkins