Titanic and Olympic - Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Fascinating photograph taken on 6th March 1912, showing The RMS Titanic (left) and The RMS Olympic (right), the brand new ships of the White Star Line at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. The caption on the reverse of the print reads as follows:
"Olympic on right alongside floating crane and wharf after having floated out of dry dock - Titanic on left having floated into dry dock - All being done on one tide on 6th March 1912"
Titanic closely resembled her older sister Olympic. Although she enclosed more space and therefore had a larger gross register tonnage, the hull was the same length as Olympic's. One of the most noticeable differences from Olympic was that half of Titanic's forward promenade A-Deck (below the boat deck) was enclosed against outside weather.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/The Herdman Archives Collection
Malta - Grand Harbour from Quarry Wharf, Valletta
Malta - Grand Harbour, Valletta - WWI era. Malta was not on the front line of World War I (unlike World War II) but did participate in many ways nevertheless. Malta was known as the 'Nurse of the Mediterranean' due to its role of caring for wounded soldiers (British, Australian and other Allied) from Turkey & Greece. To begin with it was a rest and rehabilitation station but quickly progressed into caring and treating the worst wounds soldiers and sailors were receiving especially after the horrific disaster of the Gallipoli landings during the Dardanelles Campaign. Date: circa 1910s
The Galata Bridge - Istanbul
The Galata Bridge - Istanbul. The capital city of the Roman Empire between 330-395 AD, in Byzantine times, Byzantium was considered the world centre of civilsation for 600 years. Then having been known under the name of Constantinople, after the declaration of the Republic in 1920s was renamed Istanbul. All business in Constantinople has historically been linked to the Bosphorus, dividing the European side of the city from the Asian side of the city. Istanbul is now the third largest city in the world with a population in excess of 11 million and the only metropolis in the world situated on two continents. Date: circa 1910s
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection