White Star Line RMS Olympic, the ill-fated RMS Titanic, and the HMHS Britannic
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I have to be very honest, my personal feeling is that although the event related to the Titanic was of mammoth proportions and with a tragic loss of life, but she seems to be the only ship the vast majority seems to be interested in. Whenever I look up eBay for maritime memorabilia, there are hundreds of items listed related to the Titanic and it all seems like simple greed and based on a tragedy. Frequently I read the statement “Titanic the Unsinkable Ship.” Excuse me, she was never the worlds greatest or an “unsinkable” ship, for White Star Line never ever promoted her to be “unsinkable.” That stupid lie was a media beat up that came about after the tragic event and of course the movie industry loves this kind of thing, for it is perfect for the theatre and thus they took it up, and today the majority of people just take it as being an absolute fact, for the human race are just media idiots!
However, considering that I was going on a
Before the Titanic, was that great and superb Trans-Atlantic liner, the RMS Olympic that served her passengers in grand style from 1911 to 1934, in addition she served her country well as a troopship with great success! Thus I always ask the question, why has the Olympic been so badly ignored by the vasy majority in the Maritime industry and historians, except by the few true and genuine ship lovers!
Then last of the Olympic Class Liners was the RMS Gigantic which was rapidly renamed after the tragedy of the Titanic, RMS Britannic. However she never did become a commercial Liner, for she entered the was as a Hospital Ship the HMHS Britannic that served her country well, but tragically after just eleven months she struck a German laid mine that brought about her sad end, much too soon for such a great ship!
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