The Titanic’s Sister Ship RMS Olympic BellGo Back
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RMS Olympic was a British ocean liner and the lead ship of the White Star Line’s trio of Olympic-class liners. Unlike the other ships in the class, Olympic had a long career spanning 24 years from 1911 to 1935. This included service as a troopship during the First World War, which gained her the nickname “Old Reliable”. She returned to civilian service after the war, and served successfully as an ocean liner throughout the 1920s and into the first half of the 1930s, although increased competition, and the slump in trade during the Great Depression after 1930, made her operation increasingly unprofitable.
The Olympic was withdrawn from service and sold for scrap in 1935; demolition was completed in 1937. Decorative elements of Olympic were removed and sold at auction before she was scrapped, and now adorn buildings and a cruise ship. By contrast with Olympic, the other two ships in the class, Titanic and Britannic, had short service lives: in 1912, Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage and sank; in 1916, Britannic struck a mine and sank in the Kea Channel in Greece. Britannic never served her intended role as a passenger ship, instead serving as a hospital ship during the First World War.
Presented is a bell that came out of the Titanic’s sister ship the RMS Olympic. It’s engraved on one side White Star Line – USS Olympic 1912. It is heavy metal (a little over 3 lbs.) measures 6″ tall with a bell diameter of 5.5″. A paper tag is attached for provenance indicating it was purchased in a 1935 auction originally.