The HMHS Britannic was the third sister ship of the Titanic. Completed in 1915, she was immediately requisitioned as a hospital ship. On November 21, 1916, she was shaken by an underwater explosion off the Greek island of Kea, most likely caused by an underwater mine. She sunk in 55 minutes, and became the largest ship lost during World War I. 30 of the 1,066 aboard were lost.
The tenders Ireland and America ferrying passengers and mail to the Titanic at Queenstown.
Titanic (film) trivia: The movie was filmed on 4 indoor sound stages and 1 outdoor tank with an ocean front located in Rosarito Beach (Mexico) that could handle 17 million gallons of salt water from the Pacific ocean. Interior sets such as the dining room were built on a platform controlled by eight hydraulic actuators that raised and lowered like an elevator into tanks in order to flood the stage and be raised back up again for all necessary takes. Although the indoor tanks were at times still quite cold and the outdoor tank had to remain unheated, warm water hoses and hot tubs were provided to help the actors and extras to stay comfortable in-between takes.
Opening Day to the Public.
After Bruce Ismay and William Pirrie along with a few other officials hold a luncheon aboard the Olympic after the conclusion of her successful sea trials, and directly handed over to White Star Line, is then open to public viewing just days before her scheduled maiden voyage. The small fee to come aboard was forwarded to charities.
Whenever the Titanic or her sisters gets talked about, what usually gets referenced is first class because of the glamor, luxury and intrigue of its rich passengers, and of course third class for the sheer tragedy on the Titanic of poor immigrants full of hope taking a disproportional amount of the fatalities. What never comes up though is the subdued but comfortable fittings and life of the middle class in second class.
The top picture is a colorized photo of the one of the main second class stairways and elevator.(at C deck obviously) There were two stairwells, but one elevator, located at the forward staircase.(forward being relative, both stairwells were near each other), only the forward one along with the elevator going up to A deck and the boat deck. The aft one had the base of the main mast in the upper part of it.(it is what appears to be the large pipe in the 3rd photograph)
The first row is more views of the stairwell as well as the second class purser’s office which was located on E deck next to the aft stairwell which among other things answered inquiries, took letters and messages for telegrams for the wireless, sold postcards and would hold onto passengers valuables if requested.
The second row is the dining saloon, library and smoking room respectively. The dining saloon on the Olympic originally had very long bench tables and swivel chairs, but this was later altered to the shorter tables seen. Second class on the Olympic class ships shared a galley with first class, however the second class menu offered fewer choices. The library’s bookcase can be seen in the rear.
The third row pictures the second class barber shop(there was one in first and second class) which was located off of the forward stairwell. Aside from haircuts, shampooing and shaves, the barber shop also offered souvenirs and smoking paraphernalia for sale.(that is what all the stuff hanging up and on the wall is, it’s not just the barbers having an eclectic sense of decor) The last two are of course second class cabins. The cabins in second class generally used bunk style beds which had been traditional on ships.(Free standing beds present in first class were a relatively new appearance on ocean liners)
RMS Titanic’s life boats in NY after survivors return, 1912.
Grave of Captain Sir Arthur Henry Rostron, West End Cemetery.
The sinking of the Titanic — a ship thought to be unsinkable — represented not only a tragic loss of human life, but was also a symbol of mankind’s hubris.
Rare photo of the Port side view of HMT Olympic during World War 1
Taken from Titanic And Her Sisters - Facebook page
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Did you know the Gemini III spacecraft was named “The Molly Brown”?
Margaret Brown was a wealthy first class passenger aboard the RMS Titanic when it sank in 1912. She survived and eventually came to be known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”.
In 1961, NASA launched the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft, which re-entered and splashed down, then sank to the bottom of the ocean after a failed recovery attempt by helicopter.
In 1965, the Gemini III spacecraft was launched, piloted by astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young. In a facetious attempt to avoid a repeat of Liberty Bell 7’s sinking after Gemini III splashed down, Gus Grissom - who piloted Liberty Bell 7 - chose to name the Gemini III craft “The Molly Brown” in a playful reference to the musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”.
NASA management, however, rejected Grissom’s decision and asked him to change the name. In reply, Grissom said “How about the Titanic?” Faced with that, the managers decided to keep the name “The Molly Brown”, but after that NASA no longer allowed astronauts to name Gemini spacecraft.
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Lawrence Beesley and an unidentified friend trying out some of the machines in the gymnasium, shortly before the beginning of the voyage.