RMS Olympic

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Historic Interest

HMS OLYMPIC

RMS Olympic was a transatlantic ocean liner, the lead ship of the White Star Line’s trio of Olympic-class liners. The other ships in the class, Titanic and Britannic, unlike Olympic, did not have a long service; on 15 April 1912, Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank, claiming 1,500 lives and Britannic sank in the Aegean on 21 November 1916, killing 30 people.
Olympic enjoyed a long and illustrious career of 24 years, from 1911 to 1935. This included service as a troopship during World War I, which gained her the nickname “Old Reliable”. Olympic returned to civilian service after the war and served successfully as an ocean liner throughout the 1920s and into the first half of the 1930s, although increased competition, and the slump in trade during the Great Depression after 1930, made her operation increasingly unprofitable.
She was the largest ocean liner in the world for two periods in 1911–13, interrupted only by the brief career of the slightly larger Titanic. Olympic retained the title of the largest British-built liner until the RMS Queen Mary was launched in 1934, interrupted only by the short careers of her slightly larger sister ships.

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