The construction and launch of the RMS Olympic between December 1908 and October 1910. Olympic was the first ship in the trio of nearly-identical ocean liners called “The Olympic Class Liners” that included the RMS Titanic and, later, the HMHS Britannic. See the full video here.
In a rare and wonderful treat for Titanic historians and casual fans alike, “new” photos of the Titanic have surfaced in a private collection and have been shown to the public for the first time in a century.
The photos show Titanic’s launch from the Harland and Wolff Arrol Gantry when she was just an empty hull, and the complete and freshly-painted ship’s departure from Belfast for sea trials. Other photos from the same collection also show Olympic, Titanic’s identical sister ship. All photos above are of Titanic.
While the number of photos of Titanic publicly known to exist is relatively small compared to those of Olympic, even as these new photos have been unveiled, there are most certainly other photos in private collections that have yet to be discovered or released.
The photos are currently on display at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Read more here.
Photos courtesy: National Museums Northern Ireland
The Wedding Dress of Catherine Middleton ♔ 29.4.11 ♔ Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton ❝ The ivory satin bodice was padded slightly at the hips and narrowed at the waist, and was inspired by the Victorian tradition of corsetry that is a particular Alexander McQueen hallmark. The bodice incorporated floral motifs cut from machine-made lace, which were then appliquéd on to silk net (tulle) by workers from the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. On the back were 58 buttons of gazar and organza, which fasten by means of rouleau loops. The skirt, underskirt trim and bridal train (which measured 270 cm — 110in) also incorporated lace appliquéd in a similar manner. The main body of the dress was made in ivory and white satin gazar, using UK fabrics which had been specially sourced by Sarah Burton, with a long, full skirt designed to echo an opening flower, with soft pleats which unfolded to the floor, forming a Victorian-style semi-bustle at the back, and finishing in a short train measuring just under three metres in length. To partially fulfill the ‘something blue’ portion of the British wedding tradition, a blue ribbon was sewn inside the dress. The design for the bodice of the dress featuring lace in the style of the 19th Century was the ‘something old’.❞