Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Fans toast centenary of Titanic sister ship’s launch

She was the world’s biggest ship when she was launched and the last word in luxury.

But unlike her younger sister Titanic, RMS Olympic plied the oceans for 24 glorious years, carrying transatlantic passengers and ferrying Canadian troops headed for the frontline in World War I.

It’s 100 years since RMS Olympic was launched from Slipway 2 at Queen’s Island in Belfast and at noon yesterday a band of Titanic fans gathered there to hold a commemoration ceremony.

Members of Belfast Titanic Society were welcomed to the slipway by president John Andrews, the great nephew of Titanic designer Thomas Andrews, followed by a reading by Susie Millar, whose great grandfather sailed on the ship as an engineer. A prayer was read by the Rev Ian Gilpin.

Society member Brian Patterson said: “Olympic was the largest ship in the world at the time — she and Titanic were 50% larger than any other ship previously built. They had to specially build the Thompson dock which was the largest dock in the world at the time.”

Olympic was scrapped in the 1930s following the merger of White Star Line and Cunard.

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