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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Voyage On The Titanic's Older Sister

Below are images of the 1st class interiors of the RMS Olympic which were published in a brochure in 1927.  Going through it, one can imagine living in 1927 and considering going on an ocean voyage.  Although the Olympic was at that point old compared to her rivals, she still remained the flagship of the White Star Line.  The Olympic was the Titanic's older and virtually identical sister ship.  There were a few differences in exteriors and interiors, but they were overall very similar.  It is because of the Olympic that we are able to more easily imagine what it was like to be in the Titanic's luxurious appointments.  For those of you who cannot read the small letters in the pictures, I have attempted to transcribe them as exact as I can.  The spelling and grammar are as they were in the brochure.

THE main staircase on the "Olympic" is particularly fine and truly a supreme piece of artistic workmanship, rising in graceful curves, its balustrade supported by light scroll work of iron, with occasional touches of bronze in the form of flowers and foliage.

The principal characteristics of the Reception Room are dignity and simplicity.  The white ceiling and walls, and the large leaded glass windows, producing a very light and pleasant affect.

THE Lounge is a magnificent apartment, large, with tall, finely-proportioned windows on either side.  The room is decorated in the style in vogue during the reign of Louis XV and is a popular resort for bother ladies and gentlemen.

THE "OLYMPIC'S" Smoking Room is an unusually handsome apartment, the walls being panelled in the finest mahogany, relieved by the white plaster decorations of the ceiling, whilst the upholstery of the armchairs and divans has been carried out with artistic affect combined with luxurious comfort.  

A UNIQUE feature, which appeals to the discerning traveller, is the a la carte restaurant, under the management of the Company, where passengers may take their meals at fixed charges as shown on the bill of fare issued from day to day, an allowance being made off the ocean rate if the passage is taken entirely without meals in the regular Dining Saloon.  Similar facilities are provided in the a la carte restaurant on the "MAJESTIC."  

THE Verandah Cafe is situated just aft of the Smoking Room, and gives the benefit of an uninterrupted sea-view which passengers can enjoy without exposure, and where light refreshments can be obtained at all times.

THE "OLYMPIC'S" Gymnasium is equipped with every modern appliance dear to the heart of the athlete, including cycling, rowing, weight-lifting and ball-punching apparatus, as well as many other appliances typical of outdoor sports.

THE majority of the bedrooms are fitted with bedsteads instead of the usual sleeping berths, and in the suite rooms these bedsteads are in many cases 4 feet in width.

PERHAPS one of the most striking features of the ship are the Suite Rooms, of which there are an unusually large number, decorated in different styles and periods.

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