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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 6 May 2014
Very nearly sized for the coffee table and lavishly illustrated with photographs, drawings and graphics covering construction, features and the working lives of the ships. Posters and other materials by which the voyages were sold are also included.

A valuable history of what were to be the last three ships ordered by the once great White Star Line. The loss of the supposedly unsinkable Titanic and approximately two-thirds of its passengers and crew, and the resulting criticisms levied at the company caused many of the line's potential passengers to cancel bookings and seek passage on other lines' ships. That, and the results of the Official Enquiry into the loss led to the company's collapse and it later merged with a major competitor, Cunard. A second ship from the class, Britannic, was later lost during WW1 to a mine and only Olympic had a usefully long working life into the 30s.

This book is a biography of the three vessels and the company itself. Although the Titanic is by far the most familiar of the company's ships, if not the best-known of all twentieth Century ocean liners, the author does not over-concentrate on that vessel alone but has tried to be equally fair to all three.

Much of the story of the ships, their features and designs and the facilities on offer - they were originally intended to be identical, but design changes were made in the light of experience - is included.

For anyone with any interest in the Titanic or its sister ships, White Star or ocean-going liners in general may find much that is useful and interesting in this book.
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on 15 August 2012
At last a book that dose not go on and on about the RMS Titanic (1912) and not mention anything about her two sisters the RMS Olympic (1911-1935) and the HMHS Britannic (1915-1916). This book shows some loverly and rare pictures of the Olympic Class Liners and spans thier life with the White Star Line it even shows a loverly colour picture of the RMS Mauretania (1907-1934) sister to the RMS Lusitania (1907-1915) and RMS Aquitania (1913-1950) while it is sad that the Titanic sank on her maiden voyage with such a great loss of life we sould not forget that Olympic served White Star for 25 years and Britannic did her duty for King and Country as a hospital ship and to me that makes them just as equaly famous as the Titanic.
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Mark Chirnside is now widely recognised for his thorough, in-depth and highly researched books on the great Atlantic liners. His latest offering is, basically, an illustrated companion to his current book 'The Olympic Class Ships: Olympic, Titanic, Britannic'. Although profusely illustrated and covering the sisters, Titanic is featured, but only in brief with the more concentration on her two sisters and the author does highlight this at the very start of the book. The book in general is a wonderful voyage through the history of the Olympic Class liners, from their birth to end of career. The book features a generous amount of previously unpublished images and with the captions continuing the story, the book not only flows nicely with it's layout, but is a pleasure to read and admire the black & white and colour images.
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on 5 August 2013
I bought this book for my 6 year who is obsessed with the history of the Titanic. I know this book is not designed for young children but it captured his imagination and taught him so much about more about Titanic and he learnt about her sister ships. This book has become part of our bedtime reading.
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on 15 May 2014
My friends grandfather worked on the Olympic, and has never really found out much about him or the station he worked at, just knew him to be an engineer on board. So after seeing this book online i sent him this book just to give him something to read, but was amazed that he found a photo of his grandfather in one of the photographs. He emailed the author for more information and a possible photograph of his grandfather and the author has responded and gave him further information on his grandfather. You couldn't of asked for a better outcome. You never know how fate works, but glad he has a book and the information from it.
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on 18 January 2013
Great read with plenty of stunning photographs and illustrations to bring the story to life. There is an abundance of facts and figures about these White Star Line ships, more than enough to satisfy any "techies" or simply provide interesting information for the more casual reader.
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on 1 April 2012
This book is yet another winner from Mark Chirnside. The high quality of this volume is what we've come to expect from this author. The images in the book are of high quality, as is the text. While the book touches on all three Olympic class ships, it is nice to see a lot of time spent on the Olympic and Britannic, which are often overlooked or given short shrift when compared to their more famous sister Titanic. I highly recommend this volume, and consider it one of the must-haves of 2012.
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on 8 March 2012
Mark Chirnside has written a beautifully illustrated history for WSL's big three. The text is full of wonderful anecdotes and new facts which will keep the reader interested from the first page to the last. Definitely a valuable addition to any ship enthusiast and researchers library.
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on 21 August 2015
Very good pictures, but I had expected a more thorough coverage of the ships. More views from "technical spaces" such as bridge, machineroom, kitchens etc. and also from third and second class. But all in all a nice read and more information about the ships!
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on 3 January 2015
Great book on these ship, well researched.
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