Thomas Andrews’ Olympic Notes, Summer 1911 (July 2005)
Although not widely available, Thomas Andrews’ notes from Olympic’s maiden voyage to
provide a fascinating insight into his philosophy of continuous improvement. It seems that no detail or improvement was too small to warrant his attention.
RMS Olympic’s Retirement (July 2006)
An extensive examination of the reasons for Olympic’s retirement, and why it took place in 1935.
Olympic & Titanic An Analysis Of The Robin Gardiner Conspiracy Theory (July 2006)
This is the most extensive critical analysis available online, prepared to academic standards and endorsed accordingly. It concludes that the conspiracy theory does not stand up to scrutiny, and is unsupported by reliable evidence.
RMS Olympic: The Mis-dated Refit (August 2006)
An article helps to pinpoint the dates of specific changes to Olympic in the late 1920s, including the installation of new first class suites forward on B-deck.
RMS Olympic & The Poderjay Case (November 2006)
In December 1933, Olympic left New York with a suspected murderer onboard.
‘To The Editor…’ (July 2007)
A listing of letters that have been published in various maritime journals. This page will be updated as additional letters are written and published.
RMS Olympic Specification File (November 2007)
When she entered service, Olympic was by far the largest liner in the world; almost one hundred feet longer than Mauretania and with a gross tonnage almost fifty percent higher. Her specifications are interesting to record.
The 66,000 ton Myth (December 2007)
In an article first published by the Irish Titanic Historical Society’s White Star Journal, the myth that Titanic displaced 66,000 tons is addressed and refuted. Although the figure is often repeated, it has no basis in reality. The article does not address a new discovery - rather it brings together information that was previously known.
Olympic’s Expansion Joints (January 2008)
First published in the Titanic Historical Society’s Titanic Commutator in September 2007, this article takes a short look at Olympic’s expansion joints and the progressive philosophy of continuous improvement that Harland & Wolff practised. It argues that changes made to Britannic’s expansion joints were probably the usual lessons learned from her older sister, and not a conspiracy to cover up any defect supposedly brought to light by Titanic’s loss.
Olympic: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (August 2008)
This article examines several questions relating to Olympic, including her speed and changes made to her in later years.
General Arrangement ‘Design “D”’ Concept for Yard Nos. 400 and 401 (Olympic and Titanic) July 1908 (January 2012)
The original ‘Design “D”’ concept, presented by Harland & Wolff to a party of directors from the White Star Line on July 29th 1908, is displayed today at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum (National Museums Northern Ireland). It has also been published in Michael McCaughan's wonderful The Birth of the Titanic (Blackstaff Press, 1998). Lionel Codus has drawn these plans to reflect the original concept.
Target Olympic: Feuer! (July 2013)
Olympic was subject to a failed torpedo attack in the final months of the war. This article, first published in the Titanic Historical Society’s Commutator journal in 2008, examines the evidence surrounding what happened and suggests the identity of the U-boat that launched the attack, and the date it took place.
Titanic: Allegations & Evidence (August 2016)
This article discusses a number of questionable claims made about Titanic in recent years, including unsubstantiated claims of deliberately flawed construction It was published originally in the Titanic International Society journal Voyage in December 2015.
Olympic: A Floating French Hotel (May 2018)
It discusses in detail some of the various schemes to purchase her and, in particular, one consortium's plan to acquire her and use her as a floating hotel in the south of France.
An 'Olympic' Class Propulsion System (2000-01)
Mark Chirnside’s first online article summarising the design and performance of the Olympic’s engines, including information about the turbine engine material published for the first time.
Olympic's Ventilation, Heating & Lighting Systems (2001)
A summary of Olympic’s onboard systems, once again including previously unpublished information for instance, Bruce Ismay’s involvement in the specification of the B-deck windows.
RMS Olympic: Another Premature Death? (2002)
This brief article published the first analysis of the relative running costs of Aquitania, Berengaria, Majestic and Olympic in 1934-35, arguing against the view that high maintenance costs caused Olympic’s withdrawal from service. The decline in passenger traffic due to the depression was simply too severe.
The Twenty-One Knot 'Myth' (2003)
An article arguing that the belief that the Olympic’s service speed was limited to 21 knots from 1932 onwards is a myth, and that in fact the ship’s engines were performing better than ever before during this period. Since this very brief article was written in early 2003, even more information has come to light and it has established as a matter of historical fact that Olympic was regularly driven in excess of 23 knots after 1932.
Olympic and Titanic: 'Straps' And Other Changes (2005)
As a result of some of Olympic’s experiences in a storm during January 1912, several changes were made to her sister Titanic prior to her entering service. Lessons learnt from the operation of Olympic were incorporated into her younger sister. This article is the first time that this information has been made publicly available.
The 'Olympic' Class' Expansion Joints (2005)
General information about expansion joints onboard the large liners of Olympic’s era and their performance over time, including previously unpublished information. As shipbuilders such as Harland & Wolff learned from experience, they refined their designs and increased the number of expansion joints.
Olympic and Titanic: Maiden Voyage Mysteries (2007)
An article co-authored by Mark Chirnside and Sam Halpern explores some of the navigational aspects of the maiden voyage of Olympic and her ill-fated sister. In 2006, it was discovered that there was an error in the time calculation on Olympic’s maiden voyage log card, which meant that Olympic’s average speed was understated and that the new liner performed better than anyone realised at the time.