By Direction of 

Messrs. THOS.  W. WARD, LTD. 




of the Contents and Equipment of




Alfred J. Burrows, F.S.I., P.P.A.I., Arthur H. Knight, F.S.I., William Gibson, O.S. O., F.S.I., Gordon M. Cannon, Herbert D. Kelleway, F.S.I., F.A.I., Charles J. Woosnam, Alfred J. Baker, F.S.I., F.A.I., Malcolm Mackenzie (U.S.A.) 

will Sell by Auction in the Ship

at the Wharf of Messrs. Thos. W. Ward Ltd., 




 and MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 1935.

 at ELEVEN o’clock precisely each day.

 Private View (admission by Catalogue only price 5/- each) on

 Thursday, October 31st, from 10 to 5 o’clock.

 Public View (admission by Catalogue only price 2/6 each) on

Friday, Saturday and Monday, November 1st, 2nd and 4th, from

10 to 5 p.m.

Catalogues from the Auctioneers, at their Offices.


Telephone:  Mayfair 3771 (ten lines)

Telegrams: Gallerie, Wesdo, London

also at

41, Bank Street, Ashford, Kent

Printed by H. Davy, Manfield House, Strand, W2, England.





AFTER nearly a quarter of a century’s distinguished service in peace and war time, the “Olympic” is about to close her career in the most appropriate way by bringing fresh life to the shipyards of Jarrow.  The fine quality of the fittings now to be dispersed recalls that on her maiden voyage in June, 1911, she was the most luxurious liner afloat, and contained many amenities until then unknown in Atlantic travel.  Her swimming pool and squash rackets court were outstanding innovations at that time, whilst when she was reconditioned after her war service, the latest improvements were naturally introduced, and the furnishings and fittings then put into her were of the finest and most up-to-date.

Until the recent laying down of the “Queen Mary” the “Olympic” was the largest passenger ship built in the United Kingdom, and she still remains the biggest triple-screw steamer in the world.  Her construction proved of the utmost value to the country, for when war broke out she was still a new vessel, swift, capacious and able to undertake arduous duties.  Among her more notable deeds were the rescue of the complement of H.M.S. “Audacious,” which was sunk by a mine off Western Ireland; the transport of troops to Gallipoli (on one voyage she took no fewer than 8,000); the bringing over of Canadian and later of American forces, and then, return home.  In all she steamed 184,000 miles on war service and carried more than 200.000 souls safely through the hazards of submarines and mines.  In May 1918, with Commodore Sir Bertram Hayes in command, she herself rammed a large enemy submarine in the English Channel.

In 1920, after complete reconditioning, she re-entered the North Atlantic service, and from then until her final homeward voyage in April, 1935, she sailed continuously between Southampton and New York, one of the best-liked liners on the route.  The total number of round voyages she has completed is 257, and the approximate total distance covered one-and-a-half-million miles.

Built by Messrs. Harland & Wolff, Ltd., at Belfast, she has a length of just over 882 feet, breadth of 92 feet. and draught of 34 feet, with a gross tonnage of 46,439.  She has eleven steel decks, of which seven were devoted to the use of passengers.



1.—The highest bidder shall be the purchaser, and, if any dispute arise between two or more bidders, the lot in dispute shall immediately be put up again and re-sold or as the Auctioneer may decide.

2.—No person to advance less than 2s. 6d., above Five Pounds 5s., and so on in proportion.

3.—In the case of lots upon which there is a reserve, the Auctioneer shall have the right to bid on behalf of the vendor.

4.—The purchaser shall give in his name and address, and shall pay down 5s. in the £ or more, in part payment of the purchase-money at the sale, in default of which the lot or lots so purchased may be immediately put up again and resold.

5.—The lots must be taken away from the Olympic at the purchaser’s expense and risk between Friday November 8th and Saturday, November 30th, both days inclusive (excepting Sundays) in all cases where  delivery can be given, and where it is not possible, owing perhaps to heavy clearing, the purchasers will be notified in writing, allowing three days to clear as from receipt of this notice, as to when they must attend and clear their good, in default of which Messrs. Knight, Frank & Rutley  will not hold themselves responsible if the lots be lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed; but they will be left at the sole risk of the purchaser.

6.—Except as regards portable articles, lots will be sold as and where fixed, and must be unfixed and removed by purchasers at their own expense. All damage done to the ship or to other lots by the removal or unfixing of any of the goods shall be made good by the purchaser thereof, principals being considered responsible for the acts of their agents and servants.  Purchasers, when removing goods from the ship will, on payment of their accounts be furnished with a delivery order by the sale clerk, to be presented to the Auctioneer’s foreman in exchange for a Gate Pass, which must be handed to the man in charge of the gate in passing out of the Works.  Delivery in this way can be effected on the fixed clearing days.

7.—The lots are sold with ill faults, imperfections, and errors of description, the Auctioneers not being     responsible for the correct description, genuineness, or authenticity of, or any fault or defect in, any lot; and make no warranty whatever. The Auctioneer reserves the right without giving any reason therefor to refuse any bidding or to withdraw any lot or lots from the sale.

8.—To prevent mistakes in delivery, and inconvenience in settlement of Purchases, no lot may on any account be removed during the time of sale, except on the fixed clearing days, and the remainder of the purchase-money must in all cases be paid on delivery.

9.—Upon failure to comply with the above conditions, the money deposited in part payment shall be forfeited; all lots uncleared within the time aforesaid shall be re-sold by public or private sale, and the deficiency (if any) attending such re-sale, together with warehouse and other charges and expenses, including the expenses of the re-sale, shall be made good by the defaulter at this sale.

10.—Any person attending on the Works Quay or the Ship shall be deemed to be there only on the express condition that no responsibility or liability to such person of whatsoever nature shall attach to Thos.  W. Ward Limited or Knight, Frank & Rutley, their respective servants or agents, or any other company or person occupying, attending on, or using the Works Quay or the Ship, or their servants or agents or any of them under any circumstances whatsoever, and this condition shall be taken as conclusive evidence of an agreement accordingly between Thos.  W. Ward Limited and Knight, Frank & Rutley, their respective servants or agents and the person present in virtue of this catalogue.

11.—If any dispute arise about any lot or any portion of a lot, or any other matter in relation to the sale, whether before, at the time of or subsequent to the sale, such dispute shall be settled by the Auctioneer, whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties concerned.

12.—Panelling, woodwork and other fixtures are sold exclusive of steel columns, doors opening outwards, portholes and their metal frames, unless otherwise stated.

13.—All articles such as baths, basins, sanitary ware, etc., connected to supply piping are sold exclusive of supply piping, unless otherwise stated.

Buyers of electric, steam and water fittings must effectively cap-off or insulate as the case may be.

No lots will be transferred and no lots will be delivered during the sale, except on the fixed clearing days.

NOTE.—The clearance of goods is strictly subject to the conditions of sale, and buyers of large quantities of effects are advised, in order to facilitate delivery and avoid waste of time, to give the foreman notice of when they are likely to be sending their lorries or vans.



FIRST DAY’S SALE                                                              Tuesday, November 5th


SUN DECK.—Chart Rooms, Officers’ Quarters, etc....Lots 1—216



PROMENADE DECK.—State Cabins Nos. 1—46.  Bath Rooms, etc.  First Class Lounge, Drawing and Smoking Rooms, Verandah, Cafés and Services.  First Class Staircase Gallery, etc....Lots 217—497




SECOND DAY’S SALE                                                         Wednesday, November 6th


“A” DECK.—Cabins Nos. 1—71.  First Class, Kitchens, Reception, Restaurant and Smoke Rooms, and Parisien Café...Lots 498—849


“B” DECK.—Starboard Cabins. Nos. 15—37...Lots 850—928




THIRD DAY’S SALE                                                             Thursday, November 7th


“B” DECK.—Purser’s Office, Starboard Cabins Nos. 1—125, Port Cabins Nos. 2—6, Bath Rooms, etc....Lots 929—1338




FOURTH DAY’S SALE                                                         Friday, November 8th


“B” DECK.—Port Cabins 62—148., Bath Rooms, Tourist Smoking Room, Library and Lounge, and Hospital...Lots 1339—1545


“C” DECK.—Fore. Surgery, Third Class Lounge and Smoking Rooms, and Tourist Cabins Nos. 1—46...Lots 1546—1767




FIFTH DAY’S SALE                                                              Monday, November 1lth


“C” DECK.—First Class Reception, Dining Room, Victualling Department, Kitchens and Services, Tourist Dining Rooms and Lounges...Lots 1768—2026


Tourist Cabins, Nos. 51—89, and 181—196...Lots 2027—2186




SIXTH DAY’S SALE                                                             Tuesday, November 12th


“D” DECK.—No. 1 and No. 2 Sections Fore. Cabins Nos. 27—54. Tourist Cabins Nos. 5—111, Bath Rooms, etc....Lots 2l87—2620




SEVENTH DAY’S SALE                                                       Wednesday, November 13th


“D” DECK.—Crew’s Quarters and Mess Rooms (Port Side)...Lots 2621—2728


Tourist Cabins (Aft) Nos. 112—227...Lots 2729—2785


“E” DECK.—Crew’s Quarters (Fore and “J” Section)...Lots 2786—2907


Third Class Dining Rooms and Services, Tourist Cabins (Aft) Nos. 15—35...Lots 2908—3053




EIGHTH DAY’S SALE                                                          Thursday, November 14th


“E” DECK.—Tourist Cabins (Aft), Starboard Side, Nos. 39—69, and Port Side, Nos. 16—64.  “R” Section (Aft) Cabins Nos. 224—244.  Swimming and Electric Baths.  Linen and Drying Rooms.  Engineers’ and Electricians’ Cabins...Lots 3054—3464




NINTH DAY’S SALE                                                            Friday, November 15th






TENTH DAY’S SALE                                                            Monday, November 18th


“F” DECK. FORE.—Crew’s Quarters...Lots 3970-4066


Ship’s Instruments, Machinery, Life Boats, Davits, Winches, Fans, etc....Lots 4067—4456



Clearing of Purchases.—Delivery Orders may be obtained daily after the Third Day’s sale, November 7th. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for all lots purchased with the exception of those included in the current day’s sale.

The clearance of goods is strictly subject to the Conditions of Sale.  Buyers of large quantities are advised, when possible. In order to facilitate delivery and avoid waste of time, to give the Sales Foreman notice of when they are likely to be sending.

The Auctioneers’ Office on “B” Deck (Purser’s Office) will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where all enquiries will be promptly dealt with.





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