A pictorial celebration of the world-famous sister ships, the 'Olympic' class liners. Mark Chirnside's book tells the story of the sister ships using previously unseen pictures, passenger diaries and deck plans, illustrating Olympic's successful career; the premature ends of her two unfortunate sisters and the experiences of those on board. Designed for passenger comfort, they were intended to provide luxurious surroundings and safe, reliable service rather than record-breaking speed.
Ironically, fate decreed that only Olympic would ever complete a single commercial voyage and she went on to serve for a quarter of a century in peace and war. Titanic's name would become infamous after she sank on her maiden voyage. The third sister, Britannic, saw a brief and commendable career as a hospital ship during World War I before sinking in the Aegean Sea in 1916.