'The Titanic and Olympic on the stocks', Belfast, 20 October, 1910.
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The White Star Line passenger liners 'Titanic' (left) and the 'Olympic' (right) on the day the Olympic was launched. She was the largest vessel in the world until the launch of the Titanic. Olympic was scrapped in 1935 after striking and sinking the famous Nantucket lightship off the eastern coast of the USA. Titanic struck an iceberg in fog south of Newfoundland en route from Southampton to New York on 14 April 1912. She had been believed by her designers to be unsinkable, but five of the vessel's watertight compartments ruptured, and over 1500 lives were lost. Illustration from 'The White Star triple-screw Atlantic liners 'Olympic' and 'Titanic', 45,000 tons : the largest steamships in the world', published in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1911.