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RMS Olympic Gallery

In this gallery most images represent the condition of the original glass plate negatives.

Choose from 60 pictures in our RMS Olympic collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping. We are proud to offer this selection in partnership with Historic England.


RMS Olympic BL24990_021 Featured RMS Olympic Print

RMS Olympic BL24990_021

RMS OLYMPIC, White Star Line. View of the boat deck, looking aft, showing lifeboats and funnels. The Olympic was the first of a class of luxurious express transatlantic ocean liners, and entered service with the White Star Line in 1911 as the largest cruise liner in the world. Sister ship of the RMS Titanic, she was the only one of the class to prove a success, serving until 1935. After the Titanic sank in 1912, her stokers went on strike until sufficient lifeboats were provided for all passengers and crew. The ship was then refitted and additional safety measures installed. In 1914 the Olympic was requisitioned as a troopship, served in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915, and brought US troops to Europe in 1917. She returned to civilian service in 1920. Photographed by Bedford Lemere, Southampton, October 1921

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White Star Line designs BL22569a Featured RMS Olympic Print

White Star Line designs BL22569a

A drawing of a staircase on board a ship, showing a dome above. The name of the ship is not recorded, but it is believed to be RMS Britannic. This photograph of an original drawing was taken for Aldam Heaton and Company Limited who also designed the interiors of her sister ships RMS Olympic and Titanic. Photographed by Bedford Lemere and Company in April 1914

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Arrol Gantry, Belfast BL20480 Featured RMS Olympic Print

Arrol Gantry, Belfast BL20480

The Arrol Gantry and crane at Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries shipyard on Queen's Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This enormous gantry, measuring 840 feet long and over 200 feet high, was built by Sir William Arrol & Co of Glasgow to Harland & Wolff's designs. It was erected along with two new slipways in order to construct three new transatlantic liners for the White Star Line; RMS Olympic, HMHS Britannic and the infamous RMS Titanic. Photographed in March 1909 by Bedford Lemere and Company

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