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White Star Line

Image of RMS Olympic (White Star Line)

Length: 882.0 ft
Breadth: 92.5 ft.
Draft (or Depth): Draft
Tonnage: 46,359 gross (varied during service life)
Engines: Triple expansion, 2 x 4 cyl. 54" 84" (2) 97" x 75" stroke
Low pressure Parsons turbine. 6,906 n.h.p.
Speed: 21 knots
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland (Yard no. 400)
Launched: May 30, 1911
Maiden Voyage: June 14, 1911
Disposition: 1937 (Scrapped)

Port of Registry: Liverpool, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Buff; black top
Company flag: Red swallow tailed pennant with white star
Signal Letters: H S R P
Wireless call letters: M K G
Details: Steel hull; four funnels, two masts; triple screws; 5 decks amidships; 7 decks at #1 hold; 6 decks in other holds; electric light / refrigeration machinery / submarine signal / wireless


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

April 13, 1912

Departed New York, eastbound, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Southampton.

April 15, 1912

Heard distress signal from Titanic at or about 1 a.m. (Titanic time 11:10 p.m., 14 April New York time). Although 560 miles to the south, Olympic offered assistance and actually stopped until advised that help was not needed.


December 16, 1908

Keel laid.

October 20, 1910


May 29-30, 1911

Sea trials. Handed over 31 May, the day of Titanic's launch.

June 14, 1911 

Maiden voyage, Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown-New York.

October 6, 1911  

Southampton: Damaged in collision with cruiser HMS Hawke.

November 30, 1911           

Returned to service.

February 24, 1912

Lost blade from port propeller during eastbound crossing.

March 1-7, 1911

At Harland and Wolff yard for repairs.

March, 13 , 1911

Returned to service.

Winter 1912-13

Extensive refitting at Harland and Wolff following Titanic's loss.

October 10, 1912

Arrived Belfast.

October 11, 1912


March 22, 1913

Departed Belfast for Southampton.

April 2, 1913

First voyage following refitting, Southampton-New York.

October 27, 1914

Off Lough Swilly, rescued 250 crew from battleship HMS Audacious, sunk after striking a mine.

September 1915

Commissioned as troop transport.

May 12, 1918

Near the Lizard: Rammed and sank German submarine U-103.

July 21, 1919

Arrived at Liverpool from Halifax on final voyage as troop carrier.

During the Great War, Olympic carried over 200,000 military and civilian personnel without a casualty, steaming over 184,000 miles.

August 11, 1919

Sailed from Liverpool to Belfast for reconditioning.

August 12, 1919

Arrived at Harland and Wolff; converted to oil fuel at cost of £500,000.

June 17, 1920

Departed Belfast for Liverpool.

June 25, 1920

First voyage after reconditioning, Southampton-New York.

March 22, 1924

While departing New York, collided with Furness-Bermuda liner Fort St. George.

January 1, 1928

Accommodation: First 675; tourist 560; third 830.

October 1931

Accommodation: First 618; tourist 447; third 382.

May 10, 1934

With official regisration of merged Cunard and White Star lines, became a unit of combined fleet.

May 16, 1934

Rammed and sank Nantucket light vessel in fog. Eight of the light vessel's eleven-man crew were lost.

March 27, 1935

Round trip #257, Southampton-New York and return.

April 12, 1935

Arrived at Southampton at end of final voyage.

September 1935

Sold for £100,000 for demolition.

October 11, 1935

Departed Southampton for shipbreakers at Jarrow, Durham.

November 5-18, 1935

Auction of fittings by Thomas Ward, Ltd.

September 19, 1937

Hull still sound, was towed from Jarrow to Inverkeithing.

September 20, 1937

Arrived at Inverkeithing, Firth of Forth for final demolition.

"Finished with engines"


Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.