Cut-away model of the T.S. 'Olympic', 1910-1937

Made:
1910-1937 in Northampton and United Kingdom
maker:
Bassett-Lowke (SM) Limited

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Cut-away model, scale 1:144, of the triple-screw passenger liner, the T.S. 'Olympic' (1910), with painted panel showing the inner compartments with passengers, made by Bassett-Lowke Limited, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, 1910-1937

Cut-away model, scale 1:144, of the triple-screw passenger liner the T.S. 'Olympic', 1910, with painted panel showing the inner compartments with passengers, made by Bassett-Lowke Limited, Northampton, England, 1910-1937.

The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic. She was the first of the three Olympic-class liners to be built (the other two being the Titanic and the Britannic). On both the Titanic and the Olympic, the radio cabin was located just below the main deck, to give the shortest distance between the equipment and the aerials. On the night of the sinking of the Titanic, the Olympic received distress signals from her sister ship, using wireless telegraphy, over a distance of 500 nautical miles. The Olympic's captain directed the ship to change course and head for the Titanic, but it was too late. In the wake of the disaster, she was used as a communications hub to relay messages from other ships to the shore, as she was equipped with powerful radio equipment.

Details

Category:
Water Transport
Object Number:
1937-23/1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), complete, cotton (textile), ink, paint, paper (fibre product), pigment, steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
type:
passenger liner
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Donated by the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company Limited