THE ‘OLYMPIC’ CLASS SHIPS: OLYMPIC, TITANIC & BRITANNIC
REPRINT AND CORRECTIONS PAGE
Chirnside, Mark. The Olympic Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic & Britannic. Tempus Publishing; October 27th 2004. 352 pages.
Initial print run.
Chirnside, Mark. The Olympic Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic & Britannic. Tempus Publishing; January 2005. 352 pages.
The missing dedication in early copies was corrected; a photo caption amended; several minor spelling mistakes amended; and a missing note was added to the Acknowledgements page.
Chirnside, Mark. The Olympic Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic & Britannic. Tempus Publishing; December 2006. 352 pages.
Several typographical errors were corrected; some minor captioning errors were changed; changes were made to the Olympic chapter, reflecting the discovery as to the timing of changes in the 1927-28 and 1928-29 refits; and in the Titanic chapter the figures of 1,523 deaths and 705 survivors were corrected to read 1,496 deaths and 712 survivors (based on the latest research and a comprehensive name-by-name analysis see The Statistics of the Disaster : ET Research (2001) by Lester J. Mitcham 14 February 2001).
In the brief discussion of the ‘Gigantic/Britannic’ debate, while I remain convinced that the name Gigantic was seriously considered (or provisionally decided upon) for the new liner at an earlier stage, there is enough reason to question whether the name had settled upon and then changed as a result of the Titanic disaster. The text has been altered to reflect this uncertainty, although in an existing book there is less scope for major changes to the text or an additional analysis. (It is my hope that an unpublished paper I have been preparing, with many others’ contributions, on this topic will soon see the light of day!)
At the same time as several continuity problems were addressed, Olympic information was added to the appendices; the Titanic passenger capacity information was improved; and a significant error was corrected in the Britannic casualties list. I can only offer my apologies, as the original wording indicated that Steward Genn might not have been on the ship, whereas in fact he was documented as being injured following the sinking, and died in 1917. As I knew yet somehow, inexplicably overlooked that originally, I am pleased that it has been corrected and I offer this public apology for the inexcusable inaccuracy.