Intended as follow-up to Mark Chirnside’s original article, RMS Olympic: Another Premature Death?, which was published on Encyclopedia-Titanica in early April 2002, here is an in depth analysis of the possible reasons behind Cunard-White Star’s decision to withdraw Olympic from service in April 1935 – the most extensive to date.

The original article sought to address the myth that Olympic was withdrawn from service due to high running costs or maintenance expenses, yet this second one goes into even more detail than ever before and explores a mass of relevant issues. Numerous aspects are covered, ranging from Aquitania, Berengaria, Majestic and Olympic’s relative popularity in the 1931-34 period; their running costs and earnings on each round voyage; the anticipated financial performance on cruises; and prospects for the years to follow.

If you wish to find out how much Olympic cost to run, and how this compared to other liners, then this paper will be of interest to you. Do you want to know how popular Aquitania was, compared to Olympic? Or Berengaria? Or Majestic? The answers are all here.

The paper has also been published in the Swiss Titanic Society’s Titanic Post (in three parts, from issue 57 in September 2006 to issue 59 in March 2007). You will need to download the paper to read it as a pdf. file:


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