5) In Liverpool when docking or undocking stern first, the Pilot is always on the Docking Bridge aft, think this practice should be carried out in Southampton .
6) Would suggest propeller notice boards being permanently fitted on outside of ship’s side rails in way of after Docking bridge, as is the practice in other Company’s Steamers. Thus saving the placing & stowing away of these boards every voyage with corresponding destruction to the painting and printing.
7) Propose ACQUIRING SOME additional Accomd. In officers’ acc. As per plan for [unreadable]. And [unreadable]. Converting their present Accomd. into staterooms.
Note: Olympic’s officers’ quarters were extended during the 1912-13 refit, and additional first class cabins were provided at the after end of the officers’ quarters deckhouse. Similarly, Titanic’s officers’ quarters were enlarged and improved over her sister. Andrews’ notes reveal that the changes to Olympic and Titanic were already being considered as early as June 1911, as Olympic was making her maiden voyage, and not merely after several months’ service.
8) Propose dispersing with 1st class stateroom C 144-146 placing the Chief Steward in this position & enlarging the Asst. Doctor’s room.
9) The hat and cloak room on C deck 1st class entrance is not sufficiently used to warrant this loss of earning power space, would suggest substituting SAME to berth as staterooms with athwartship passage, as per plans fitting hooks for hats & cloaks across the bulkhead facing elevators on D deck.
10) Would propose fitting eleven additional four seated tables in 1st class restaurant as per plan, this room being short of table accommodation.
Note: Since Olympic’s á la carte restaurant proved to be very popular, it was extended in 1912-13; Titanic’s restaurant was likewise larger than her elder sister’s when she was completed; and Britannic’s á la carte restaurant was designed to be the largest onboard the three ships. It was expanded at the expense of losing the Café Parisian, which had proved so popular on both Olympic and Titanic.
11) A screen to be an improvement if fitted on the side of the restaurant/buffet SUPT entrance door so as to prevent passengers from seeing behind the buffet.
12) The two single serving doors P & S from the pantry to the 1st class saloon do not appear to be necessary for service and are better kept shut owing to noise. The space in way of these doors will provide accommodation for one additional four seated table P & S in the saloon.
Note: By August 1911, if not earlier, Olympic’s first class dining saloon had been altered accordingly. Its seating capacity was increased from the original 532 seats to 540 seats, the first of several changes that occurred throughout her career.
13) The 1st class Reception Room being the most popular room in the 1st class passenger accommodation being more or less crowded after lunch & dinner also for afternoon tea 4.30 p.m. It was found necessary to bring up all the spare caine [sic] chairs from the baggage room to provide temporary seating accommodation, would strongly recommend additional permanent caine [sic] furniture being ordered. As smoking is allowed at all times in the Reception Room an exhaust fan drawing from the fore and after girder P & S as in the saloon.
Note: Andrews’ observations as to the first class reception room’s popularity were echoed by Leonard Peskett when he was onboard Olympic later in 1911. Even in summer 1911, it is known that there was a plan to enlarge the room by reducing the size of the first class entrance halls on either side of the grand staircase, and in this respect Titanic’s reception room was improved over her sister’s. During the 1912-13 refit, Olympic’s reception room was enlarged accordingly; yet by 1928-29 the room’s size was reduced slightly as the after bulkhead was moved forward nine feet to extend the first class dining saloon. The installation of a dance floor in the middle of the saloon reduced the seating capacity, and by extending the saloon a number of additional tables could be installed. Even in the late 1920s, Olympic was carrying first class passenger lists that compared well with those that she achieved at the height of her popularity (prior to the war and in the early 1920s). By the time of the 1932-33 refit, however, the slightly reduced size of the reception room was of little disadvantage due to the decline in passenger traffic owing to the depression.
14) Captain Smith strongly recommends protective windows with round bulls eye lights to be fitted in way of square windows on centre shelter navigating bridge as in
15) To prevent the excessive draught in the steward’s stairway leading from 1st class pantry to working passage on E deck which is also used by the stewardess on E deck, suggest a fore & aft wood bulkhead with sliding doors be fitted at foot of stairs as shown on plan.
16) The numbering of the promenade dk. chairs to be altered in accordance with the terms on lithographic plans. H&W to enquire if any change was made on the numbering of the approved plan to which they were supposed to work.
17) Linoleum tiles not to be fitted in Captain’s sitting room in which a full room carpet has been provided.
18) Sponge holders to be fitted in the private bathrooms on B and C decks where these have been omitted.
Note: These comments, in particular, are interesting because Bruce Ismay felt that cigar holders needed to be installed. It seems that cigar holders were not the only fittings that were absent in the private bathrooms that served the finest first class suites.
19) The mirrors in the wardrobe doors adjoining the entrance doors into inside staterooms on C deck to be dispensed with as when the entrance doors are left open on the deck anyone in the passage can see the occupant of the room dressing or undressing.
20) Back plates for electric reading lamps to be fitted over beds etc. in Suite Staterooms on B and C decks same as ordinary staterooms.