The Olympic soon after launch, c October 1910.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the 'Olympic' was the largest vessel in the world when she was launched on 20 October 1910. Older sister of the 'Titanic', the Olympic served as a reliable member of the White Star fleet until she was scrapped in 1935 after striking and sinking the famous Nantucket lightship off the eastern coast of the United States. 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.