SS Olympic, Origin of a Design - Titanic Commutator - 2Q 2001
Front Cover of The Titanic Commutator: The Official Journal For The Titanic Historical Society, Inc. for Issue 152 circa February 2001. GGA Image ID # 1044b7e725
On the Front cover: The Daily Graphic, 5 April 1873. SS Atlantic's Chief Officer, John Firth, "When daylight came I counted thirty-two persons in the mizzen-mast rigging with me including one woman...Her half-nude body was still fast to the rigging, her eyes protruding, her mouth foaming, a terribly ghastly spectacle, rendered more ghastly by the contrast with numerous jewels which sparkled on her hands. We had to leave her body there, and it is probably there yet. The scene at the wreck was an awful one, such as I have never before witnessed, and hope never to witness again." THS Collection.
This issue includes the conclusion of SS Atlantic - One of Ismay's Triumphs And His First Major Disaster, and an article on RMS Olympic, the sister ship of the Titanic called "Evolution Of A Design."
RMS Olympic Evolution of a Design
by Bruce Beveridge
Among the great transatlantic liners. RMS Olympic is one of the venerated and, rightly so, for she was a prototype—many of the structural characteristics and fittings were tested on her, then incorporated on the Titanic and are illustrated in photographs and deck plans creating a visual timeline.
This article is not intended to be her complete record but merely a depiction of how ships change with circumstances—accidents, war, technology, and the economy.
- SS Atlantic, Part 2, Conclusion
Compiled by Karen Kamuda
- Rev John Harper and the Titanic
by Rev Mick Steiner
- Michel Navratil (Titanic Survivor)
by Don Lynch
- Great Fosters
by Simon Mills
The Lost Film Location From "A Night To Remember"
- Halifax Convention 2001
- Titanic Museum Collection, 2001
- SS Olympic, Origin of a Design, Part 1
by Bruce Beveridge
- Items from the THS Oceanliner Store
- Sea Poste
Back Cover of The Titanic Commutator: The Official Journal For The Titanic Historical Society, Inc. for Issue 152 circa February 2001. GGA Image ID # 10450ad7e4
On the Back cover: A painting by Norman Wilkinson, circa 1911, depicting the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company's forty years of progress. To the right is White Star's latest design—the Olympic-class and Olympic, in this issue and the earliest, the Oceanic-class (left) beginning with Oceanic (I), Atlantic, (featured in this issue), Celtic (I) and Baltic (I). Photograph: Peabody Museum Collection.
The Titanic Commutator A Quarterly Journal Devoted to Original Research into Ocean Liners. Thirty-Eight Years of Continuous Publication.
Volume 24, Number 152, 2000 | Publication date: February 2001
THE TITANIC COMMUTATOR
Published quarterly and continuously for nearly forty years by The Titanic Historical Society, Inc., (ISSN 004-8182) and mailed from Springfield, Massachusetts, the journal has been the groundbreaker in providing primary source materials.
Accounts from Titanic passengers, biographies of White Star liners and other shipping companies are standard; also varied maritime interests, illustrations, and commentaries—ensuring a permanent record.
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Journals, Magazines & Periodicals
Magazines and Journals - RMS Titanic
- Ancestry Magazine 1998-01
- Civilization - December 1997
- CQD Titanic - Summer 2006
- CQD Titanic - Summer 2007
- CQD Titanic - Winter 2006
- CQD Titanic - Spring 2003
- History Magazine - April/May 2012
- Life Magazine - June 1997
- National Geographic - December 1985
- National Geographic - December 1986
- National Geographic - October 1987
- National Geographic - August 1998
- National Geographic - December 2004
- National Geographic - April 2012
- Naval History - October 1996
- Naval History - October 1997
- Naval History - December 1998
- Popular Mechanics - January 1986
- Popular Science - February 1995
- PowerShips - Spring 2012
- Scientific American - 11 May 1912
- Smithsonian - March 2012
- Somerset Studio - March/April 2002
- The Literary Digest - 27 April 1912
- Titanic Commutator - Summer 1980
- Titanic Commutator - 2Q 1994
- Titanic Commutator - 3Q 1994
- Titanic Commutator - 2Q 1995
- Titanic Commutator - 1Q 2001
- Titanic Commutator - 2Q 2001
- Titanic Commutator - 3Q 2001
- Titanic Commutator - 4Q 2001
- Titanic Commutator - 1Q 2011
- Titanic Commutator - 2Q 2011
- Titanic Commutator - 3Q 2011
- Titanic Commutator - 4Q 2011
- Titanic Commutator - 1Q 2012
- Titanic Commutator - 2Q 2012
- Titanic Commutator - 3Q 2012
- Titanic Commutator - 4Q 2012
- Titanic Unsinkable Dream - May 1998
- The Titanic: The Truth About the Tragedy - 2020
Disaster in the Making
- Planning, Building, and Launching
- Crew Members
- Provisions & Cargo
- Manifests & Passenger Lists
- Fashions on Board
- Anatomy of the Disaster
- American Inquiry and Investigation
Publications, Repros, Videos, & Images
- Book Collection
- Ephemera and Reproductions
- Magazines and Journals
- Movies and Motion Pictures
- Collectibles & Memorabilia
- Documentary Videos
- Image Library
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