Sunday, March 16, 2008

The White Swan Hotel


For those of obsessed by strange mix of tragedy and grandeur that is the RMS Titanic, a small hotel in Alnwick England offers a unique opportunity. RMS Olympic was Titanic's sister ship-in nearly every respect an exact copy of the ill-fated liner. Olympic would give yeoman service to the White Star line until 1935 when she was scrapped. Before the great ship was cut up however, many of her fittings were auctioned off with various pieces being scattered about Britain.
The White Swan Hotel got the lion's share of what remains, including the First Class lounge and the aft Grand Staircase. When it came time to make the film Titanic, the makers of the movie made a pilgrimage to The White Swan, meticulously cataloguing every detail. It's on my list of places to visit the next time I'm the other side of the pond.

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