Titanic / Olympic Grand Staircase.

Titanic / Olympic Grand Staircase.

Postby john cadwallader on Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:07 pm

I have been offered a photograph (approx 6x4 inches) fixed to a slightly larger board of the Grand Staircase is there anyway to identify if it is of the Olympic / Titanic or Brittanic. The photograpy is from around the 1912 period.
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Re: Titanic / Olympic Grand Staircase.

Postby Ludwig Bader on Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:39 am

John,

there are no known photographs of Titanic's Grand Staircase. All we know about it is basing on Olympic photographs and H&W descriptions. Britannic's Grand Staircase was never installed on board - so it would be quite impossible to see a picture showing it on board. Furthermore there were quite obvious differences between the Olympic/Titanic staircases and the one on Britannic - some parts of the balustrade were to be formed as arches and the floor pattern was to be designed in a kind of "floral" way.

I think the fact that Titanic's Grand staircase was never photographed has to do with the simple fact that it was indeed litterally the same as the one on board Olympic - the reporters boarding the ship were of course especially interested in the changed or new interiors not to be found on Olympic.

Just check out your photograph yourself: This link (http://edwardianliners.weebly.com/uploa ... 1_orig.jpg) shows one ot the most famous pictures of Olympic's staircase. If you can find any true differences, you should keep a very good eye on your one... ;)

All the best,

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Re: Titanic / Olympic Grand Staircase.

Postby jack milham on Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:59 pm

hi,
my grand father [william clewett] was the joiner from wallasey [cheshire] who built the grand stair case for harland and wolf
he travelled to belfast with his wife emma and daugther hilda and after completing instalation they moved back to birkenhead but after a general strike in england william and emma with there children left uk on the ship "pakeha" on the 22/12/1926 arriving in auckland new zealand in january 1927.
He died on 10/5/1966 and repeated his story of the titanic staircase many times and always maintained
that the same staircase
plan was used for the construction in the olympic.
regards jack milham
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