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The Olympic Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic & Britannic (Revealing History): Olympic, Titanic and Britannic Paperback – 27 Oct 2004


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; First Edition edition (27 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752428683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752428680
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,012,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Seymour Morris Jr on 25 Mar 2005
Format: Paperback
Fascinating details about the three sister ships, probably the most magnificent ever built, only one of which survived more than a year. My favorite story: When the Titanic went down and the Olympic's captain offered to come to help the rescue, the Carpathia's captain advised "that it was not advisable for the survivors to see Titanic's nearly-identical-looking sister." Indeed! Then there's the story of Violet Jessop, who sailed on all three ships, including two of them when they sank.
The book is fluidly written, and lavishly illustrated with photographs rarely seen in other books. My only quibble with the book is one factual superficiality: Chirnside says "Titanic had finally been located 13.5 miles to the south-east of Fourth Officer Boxhall's position, while it is hotly debated how he could have been so wrong." Excuse me, but Boxhall gave out a position that was so accurate that when the Carpathia finally arrived for the rescue, the Carpathia captain congratulated Boxhall for being so accurate. How the Titanic managed to drift 13.5 miles away to where Dr. Ballard found it, is a great mystery to this day (underwater currents and a massive under-seabed tsunami earthquake that occurred around 1920, appear to be the best answer).
This book is so rich in detail, and so well-written, that you get "hooked" and can't put it down... A prodigious effort, masterfully executed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Danny boy on 11 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
I have numerous books on the Titanic and her sister ships
but found this one really fascinating and well reseached.
Well worth the money with all the illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Carter on 10 July 2014
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Quite indepth so dont expect a novel. It could do with a few more pictures but very, very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bobmac on 3 May 2013
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Interesting to have a book that does not entirely focus on the Titanic, Harland & Wolff built three similar ships - The Olympic, Titanic & Britannic - for the White Star Line. This book is detailed with lots of facts & figures and covers the subject very well, is fully illustrated and has a number of pages in colour. This is a reprint, the first printing was 2004. Where it is disappointing is the print quality, it is a paperback and already the pages have become loose and the illustrations are only 'photo copier' quality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By colm on 22 May 2012
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The tone of this book is set by the title - it is NOT yet another re-telling of the Titanic story but a detailed account of the inception, design build and service of all three White Star sisters. It follows each of them through to the end of their careers, and in the case of Titanic and Britannic has chapters on the wrecks.
I'd recommend this book very highly.
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