NOW ICEBERG PROOF
Complete New Inside Hull to Keep Her Afloat in Case of Collision
Bearing no outward evidence of the changes in construction which have made her practically non-sinkable, the White Star liner Olympic made her firs appearance in over six months in the port of New York to-day. The sister ship of the ill-starred Titanic brought over 1,563 passengers, 1,080 of whom were in the steerage.
The Olympic after an uneventful voyage from Southampton arrived off Sandy Hook late last night and was the first ship cleared at Quarantine after sunrise this morning. She had started up the Bay when the revenue cutter lay alongside and the customs inspectors boarded her as she neared the Statue of Liberty.
Chauncey M. Depew jr., William Church Osborn and Vinie Daly, the actress and singer, divided dictinction [sic] as some of the notables aboard.
Miss Daly left New York on Jan. 23 for the German baths with the avowed object of reducing her weight. She has succeeded. When she went away she confessed that perfectly reliable scales recorded 158 pounds when she stepped on the platform. To-day she weighs but 127 pounds.
"Diet, exercise and no liquid with meals," said Miss Daly. "That is my recipe for weight reduction. I am going into vaudeville and keep my avoirdupois down by hard work. As a prima donna in opera I got fat and I am no longer ambitious to be a prima donna because all prima donnas get fat."
Jane F. Blood of this city, the daughter of a coal merchant, was the belle of the voyage. She is evidently as popular at home as she was aboard ship, for a tug load of young folk went down the bay to meet her, and their tug trailed along behind the big Olympic from Quarantine to the White Star dock. Miss Blood, her fellow-voyagers said, wore a beauty spot whenever she appeared on deck in the saloon, and the spot position shifted so frequently as to cause comment. Only yesterday, it was asserted, did the passengers learn that the position of the beauty was a signal to one or another of a devoted coterie of young men who acted as the continual escorts of Miss Blood in her constitutionals along the promenades of the vessels.
The stokers of the Olympic filed out on the forecastle deck as the ship docked and gave a concert through the medium of their "Foo-Foo Band," of which James Kelly is leader. The instruments used were rattle bones, tin pans, mouth organs and other instruments of torture.
So much has been said and written of the new bulkheads of the Olympic that many requests have been made of the White Star Line for permission to inspect the vessel.
Since she was last in this harbor the Olympic has had a another hull built underneath her outer skin. It is claimed for her that although she might encounter an iceberg such as sank the Titanic she would still remain afloat.