Olympic & Titanic - Ocean Liners of the Past - 1911/1988

Front Cover: The White Star triple screw Atlantic liners, Olympic and Titanic - 1911/1988

Front Cover: The White Star triple screw Atlantic liners, Olympic and Titanic - 1911/1988. GGA Image ID # 1022330057

Olympic and Titanic are, without question, two of the most intriguing names in maritime history. Here they are both discussed in great detail in a facsimile reprint of the Souvenir Number from The Shipbuilder magazine.

From the Publisher

Back in print by popular demand, this third edition of Ocean Liners of the Past— The White Star Triple Screw Atlantic Liners Olympic and Titanic is almost entirely a facsimile reprint, reproduced by arrangement with Marine Publications International Ltd, the present publishers of ‘The Shipbuilder’, from a Souvenir Number of that journal originally published in the summer of 1911.

This special issue was published to commemorate the building of these two mammoth liners which were intended to put the Oceanic Steam Navigation company in the forefront of the prestigious transatlantic passenger trade.

The commercial importance of Olympic and Titanic is reflected in the fact that this Souvenir Edition was then the most lavish and largest produced in that publication’s history.

Because of the highly detailed coverage it gave to the ships themselves, their fittings, design and building, the original edition has long been a much sought-after book among shipping enthusiasts.

This facsimile reproduces all the editorial pages exactly as they first appeared, including many gatefold plans, plus a selection from the contemporary advertisements used in the original publication.

Apart from the Souvenir Number, however, this present book also includes three important extracts from later editions of ‘The Shipbuilder’ which are particularly relevant.

The first covers alterations and modifications to the original design, mostly made from experience gained with the Olympic. The second concerns the sinking of the Titanic, while the third contains summaries of the report of the Titanic enquiry, the report of the Merchant Shipping Advisory Committee and the Board of Trade’s new rules for lifesaving appliances.

Lastly there is an entirely new Epilogue by John Maxtone-Graham. This throws some new light on the stories of these two great ships and the author provides a great fund of interesting anecdotes about the careers of the vessels and the men who worked on them.

From the Back Cover

Back Cover: The White Star triple screw Atlantic liners, Olympic and Titanic - 1911/1988

Back Cover: The White Star triple screw Atlantic liners, Olympic and Titanic - 1911/1988. GGA Image ID # 10223e6fb9

Based on a Facsimile Reprint of the Original Souvenir Number of the Shipbuilder Originally Published in 1911

In addition to the fascinating photographs and plans of the original volume, there is an Epilogue by John Maxtone-Graham, the internationally-renowned maritime author, who does much to bring to life those great days when sea travel was not only essential but also glamorous and exciting.

From cover photographs Top RMS Olympic moves slowly astern from Pier 59 out into the North River. At this very moment, hidden from the camera by the liner's bulk, the Olympic's stern has tangled with the Bermuda-bound Fort St George. Bottom Titanic on her trials in Belfast Lough.

Back cover photographs These three shots show some of the luxurious accommodation aboard the Olympic, in particular the first class Smoking Room, the Verandah Café and the first class Dining Room.

About the Author

John Maxtone-Graham is a highly-respected maritime historian and author of The Only Way to Cross and its sequel Liners to the Sun. His other books include Norway, Tribute to a Queen and Sovereign of the Seas. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents - The Shipbuilder

Title Page and Table of Contents for The Shipbuilder, Vol. VI, Special Number, Midsummer 1911

Title Page and Table of Contents for The Shipbuilder: A Quarterly Magazine Devoted to The Shipbuilding, Marine Engineering and Alied Industries, Vol. VI, Special Number, Midsummer 1911. GGA Image ID # 10226347c4

The White Star Liners "Olympic" and "Titanic."

General Index

  • Mr. J. Bruce Ismay
  • The White Star Line
  • The Builders of the “ Olympic ” and “Titanic”
  • Evolution of the Design
  • Building of the Hulls
  • The Propelling Machinery
  • The Refrigerating Installation
  • The Passenger Accommodation
  • The Electrical Equipment
  • Working Arrangements of the Ships
  • Trials of the “Olympic.” and Departure from Belfast

With the following Plates

  • The “Olympic” at Sea
  • The First-class Dining Saloon of the “Olympic”
  • Elevation and Deck Plans of the “Olympic” and “Titanic"
  • Elevation and Plan of Boiler Rooms Nos. 1 and 2
  • Elevation of Engine Rooms
  • VIII. Plan of Engine Rooms

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • Main title: The White Star triple screw Atlantic liners, Olympic and Titanic.
  • Edition: 3rd ed.
  • Published/Created: Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England : P. Stephens, 1988.
  • Description: 184 p., [8] folded leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • ISBN: 1852601051
  • LC classification: VM383.O4 W5 1988
  • Related titles: Shipbuilder (Seattle, Wash.) Olympic & Titanic.

LC Subjects

  • Olympic (Steamship)
  • Titanic (Steamship)


  • Browse by shelf order: VM383.O4


  • Spine title: Olympic & Titanic.
  • Reprint of a souvenir number of the Shipbuilder with extracts from later editions of the same serial.


  • Ocean liners of the past
  • Ocean liners of the past (London, England)


  • LCCN: 89112802
  • Dewey class no. 623.8/2432
  • Type of material: Book
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