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on 4 September 2012
The White Star Line's Olympic is generally referred to as the sunken Titanic's sister ship. As such, she generally rates a chapter in Titanic or liner books, but rarely her own book. The first person to recognize that she deserved more was Mark Chirnside, who authored the book, 'RMS Olympic, Titanic's Sister'. Then Wade Sisson focused on Olympic's role in the Titanic disaster in, 'Racing Through the Night'. Now, we have the beautiful pictorial history, 'RMS Olympic', by noted maritime memorabilia dealer and researcher, Brian Hawley.

An inviting cover by Robert Lloyd signals to the reader that this will be a 'wow' book. As I looked at the sharp photographs that have mostly never been seen before, all I could say was, 'wow'. The generous size of the photos lying in dock or cruising through the waves makes you think you can reach out and touch the Olympic.

Well-researched anecdotes accompany each photo to provide interesting details that maybe new to the reader. Did you know the bridge wing was originally flush with the side of the ship, until a suggestion was made, possibly by Captain Smith, to provide better visibility for the officers by extending the wings over the sides?

Interior shots taken as the ship was being fitted, in service and as the ship was being dismantled show the gradual changes to keep up with the styles of the times. A rare shot shows the instructions on how to put on a lifejacket. Original sketches show the exact designs of her camouflage during World War One. Another treat is a color deck plan along with colorized interiors such as the second class dining room and third class smoking room.

Students of ocean liners will be encouraged to learn more and researchers will regard this is a great source of new information.
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on 28 May 2013
Brian Hawley did a very creditable job with his book on the "Olympic" - a ship that deserves far more on a historical significance other than being the sister ship of the "Titanic". There are a lot of new photos in this book - and that's worth the price of admission.
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on 22 August 2013
A very informative book in the lesser known sister ship to the titanic & the illustrations will come in handy for when I build my model of the titanic.
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on 3 October 2013
This book was made by my good friend Brian Hawley and couldn't recommend this enough! Amazing book with amazing pictures, facts and more of Titanic's sister! his website is also luxurylinerrow.com if you wanna buy some ocean liner memorabilia
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on 5 September 2012
I eventually ended up purchasing this book elsewhere because Amazon failed to deliver an undamaged copy. I ended up with three books because I had to have a copy. Although the text is fairly limited the pictures more than make up the difference but then this is the purpose of the book. One of my future projects is build a large scale model of the Olympic and this book is an ideal reference tool. One of the damaged copies will become a hands on reference that will get very grubby. I am glad that someone has taken the time to produce a good reference on the most successful of the Olympic class ships. I recommend "RMS Olympic, Titanic's Sister" by Mark Chirnside as essential reading for anyone interested in the Olympic.
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on 27 May 2013
A GOOD READ WITH GREAT PICTURES,IT IS NICE TO REMEMBER THE OLYMPIC SERVED WELL FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS,WHAT A PITY SHE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN PRESERVED AS A MUSEUM.
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on 25 December 2015
A stunning book with a great insight on the ship that in my opinion is just as famous as its Ill-fated sister ship.
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on 20 January 2016
A great history of the sister ship of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Highly recommended.
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on 25 April 2015
10/10!
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on 13 January 2013
What can you say about an old workhorse ?
Or a good dog ?

Just something worthwhile buying. .. For old times sake!
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