RMS Olympic Ocean liner
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Olympic anchored in Cherbourg, France with the tender ship SS Traffic next to her
RMS Olympic (Yard number: 400) was a passenger liner of the White Star Line shipping company and the lead ship of her class. She was the older sister of the infamous RMS Titanic.
Olympic was launched in 1910 and entered service in the following year and for a brief time, she was the largest ship in the world, until her sister Titanic surpassed her. Her primary area of operation was the Southampton-New York transatlantic line and she was planned to sail on this route as part of a weekly service together with her 2 other sisters.
In September of 1911, during her 5th voyage, the British cruiser HMS Hawke rammed Olympic as the two were sailing in parallel, very close to each other; Despite Hawke's bow having been specifically designed to sink ship by ramming them, Olympic survived the encounter. The effort to repair her and put her back into service as soon as possible delayed the completion of her first sister, Titanic, which entered service in 1912, but tragically sunk on her maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg, causing the loss of over 1500 lives.
After this, Olympic went through a refitting to ensure that she wouldn't sink like Titanic and even if she did, she would have enough lifeboats for all aboard. She then continued to sail the North Atlantic waters alone until 1914, when her second sister, Britannic was launched. But due to the break out of the First World War, Britannic would not join Olympic on the transatlantic route and instead was converted into a hospital ship to carry medical equipment and wounded to- and from the Mediterranean region. Unfortunately, on her 6th voyage, she struck a mine near Greece and sunk, leaving Olympic alone in her class once again.
Meanwhile, Olympic was converted into an armed troop transport and received the HMT (His Majesty's Troopship) prefix. She carrier soldiers from Canada to Europe through the dangerous North Atlantic waters, always evading lurking German U-boots. On one occasion, her crew spotted a surfaced U-boot and purposefully rammed and sunk her, thus Olympic became the only passenger liner to have sunk an enemy submarine. The rest of her war time service was relatively uneventful, except for the fact that she just barely missed the famous Halifax Explosion, having departed from there not much earlier. Her successful service and many voyages to and from Canada earner her the nickname "The Old Reliable" by the Canadians.
After the war, she was returned to White Star Line and continued her successful passenger service across the Atlantic. She would serve in this role until her parent company, White Star Line was acquired by their rival Cunard Line and it was decided that she was too obsolete. She was scrapped in 1936, ending 25 year long lonely but successful service.
At 4413 parts, Olympic is by far the largest part count build I've built so far. She has an extremely detailed exterior, and an even more detailed bridge interior.
The bridge includes all functional instruments, that are even VR compatible (tho the performance cost of the ship might cause it to be problematic on VR, but the future lower detail versions aim to solve this problem).
Besides this, the ship also features accurate 1:1 size and dimensions, custom built propellers for propulsion, functional rudder for steering and some waving flags. One of the great improvements compared to my earlier ships is the usage of a new hull building method, thanks to the fuselage cutting feature of the game. This method allowed me to build a very smooth hull, with a flare at the bow and stern, without the need of paneling.
The propulsion is also highly accurate, as the central propeller (that was powered by a steam turbine) was only engaged above Half Ahead speed, so anything lower than that, the central propeller will not rotate
Controls: (Also included in the in-game craft instructions)
Trim - Steering Wheel
(PC - On-screen input is enabled so you can drag the wheel with the mouse)
VTOL - Enginer Order Telegraphs (Propulsion)
(VR - Use the EOT that is left to the steering wheel)
(PC - On-screen input is enabled so you can drag the lever with the mouse)
(After giving an order, you need to wait 5 seconds before it gets executed)
CAM1 - Main Camera on the Navigating Bridge
CAM2 - Starboard Bridge Wing
CAM3 - Port Bridge Wing
CAM4 - Crow's Nest
AG1 - push the main camera closer to the engine order telegraph
AG2 (+AG1) - push the main camera closer to the compass platform in front of the steering wheel
- 11qazxc for helping with Funky Tree inputs (namely the inputs controlling the delay of the propellers)
- V for testing the VR bridge
- MintLynx for testing the ship
- DerVito for testing the ship
- Eternal Darkness for helping with some final touch ups
Thank you for your help!
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 106.8ft (32.5m)
- Length 896.2ft (273.2m)
- Height 238.8ft (72.8m)
- Empty Weight 586,010lbs (265,810kg)
- Loaded Weight 586,010lbs (265,810kg)
- Wing Loading 28.9lbs/ft2 (141.3kg/m2)
- Wing Area 20,243.2ft2 (1,880.7m2)
- Drag Points 19731336
- Number of Parts 4413
- Control Surfaces 0
- Performance Cost 10,988