The Olympic. Why did the press make such a fuss over Titanic?
Something that has puzzled me for some time, and has once again been brought to the fore by the anniversary of the Titanic disaster, is why the press of the time made such a fuss over the maiden voyage of the Titanic?Is this impression merely something that is given by modern media, ..........
Contrary to the popular interpretation the White Star Line never made any substantive claims that the Titanic was unsinkable - and nobody really talked about the ship's unsinkability until after the event, argues Howells.Although the sinking of the Titanic happened around 15 years after the birth of cinema, and the disaster featured heavily in the silent newsreels of the day, there was very little footage of the ship itself.
This was because the Titanic was not big news before it sank. Its sister ship the Olympic effectively stole the limelight on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1911. It had the same captain as the Titanic, travelled the same route, had the same safety facilities and the same number of lifeboats - or lack thereof.
I heard on some news reports that they had so many problems with the Olympic that it was taken out of service fairly quickly, it also had some of it's parts taken out and fitted into the Titanic
Harland and Wolff was forced to delay Titanic's completion in order to use her propeller shaft for Olympic
Funnily enough, I never usually like Len Goodman, he gets up my nose, but in this programme he excelled and presented the facts and stories exceptionally well. I was impressed.