Entering service a full ten months ahead of Titanic, the Olympic was a near identical sister ship, the fi rst of a class of three liners, two of which would sink. Wade Sisson tells the story of the Olympic on the fateful night of April 14 - 15 1912, how she was 500 miles away, outbound from New York, when her wireless operator first heard Titanic's distress calls. Olympic's Captain Herbert J. Haddock and his crew prepared their ship for a rescue mission, and for the next several hours steamed full speed ahead toward the scene of the disaster. When word came that Titanic was gone, Olympic's mission of hope turned into a voyage of gloom as passengers and crew struggled to make sense of the disaster. Olympic's captain offered to take on Titanic survivors who had been rescued by the Carpathia but was ordered to stay out of view by those who worried that the sight of the sister ship would traumatize the survivors. Olympic instead became a relay station that transmitted the list of survivors from the rescue ship to anxious officials and relatives in the US. This is the story of the first of three ships meant to dominate the North Atlantic and the night that plan came to a stunning, horrifying end. Olympic's role in the Titanic disaster has been a mere footnote to history - until now., The story of Titanic's sister ship on the night of 14/15 April 1912 gives a unique new insight into the Titanic tragedy. Entering service fully ten months ahead of Titanic, the Olympic was a near identical sister ship, the first of a class of three liners, two of which would sink.Wade Sisson tells the story of the Olympic on that fateful night, how she was merely 350 miles away, outward bound from New York back to Southampton. Titanic's faint distress signals were heard by the Olympic and her Captain, Haddock, prepared her for the rescue mission. Steaming at full speed towards the scene of the disaster, she was readied to receive passengers and crew from the doomed liner.She was too late, but wanted to collect the survivors from the much smaller Carpathia and transport them back to New York. Captain Rostron, of the Carpathia, sent a fateful message informing Haddock that she would take the passengers back to New York. It was feared that a ship to ship transfer using the Titanic's lifeboats would be too traumatic for the lucky 700 passengers and crew from the Titanic and that the sight of her near identical sister would create panic among the survivors.Arriving back in England, the crew of the Olympic mutinied until extra lifeboats were fitted aboard and on her next return voyage, she nearly ran aground off the Lizard, in Cornwall. This is her story of the Titanic disaster and it is a thrilling one.
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