Olympic's Fittings at White Swan Hotel, Alnwick, England
When Titanic's sister ship, Olympic, launched in 1911, became uneconomical despite having been converted to oil-fired engines in1 1919-1920, it was finally retired in 1935 and scrapped in 1937, providing work for Scottish shipyards, suffering from the effects of the depression.
The new, luxurious Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth contributed to the demise of Olympic, and after it was scrapped many of the fittings and artworks were auctioned. These examples were bought by the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick, pronounced "Annick" in order to trap unwary visitors, in the North East of England, and can be seen in the "Olympic Suite" conference and dining room. The reception staff at the White Swan were very friendly and gave permission for me to take these photographs, so I did feel compelled to spend a little time in the bar afterwards, purely as a gesture of gratitude.
If you would like to stay at the White Swan, try writing to the address below
White Swan Hotel Bondgate Within Alnwick NE66 1TD Englandor book online at their bookings web site. Please tell them that you found the link via my web pages. The town is very picturesque, and not too far from the Beamish Museum which is well worth a visit.
Olympic's Stairs at the White Swan Hotel © Phil Ottewell
Note how a subtle camera fault has produced the illusion of my having a double chin in this last photograph.
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