For over 66 years Cunard faced fierce competition from the White Star Line. White Star Line had challenged Cunard's fleet in terms of size, speed and luxury in many legendary battles of the Atlantic. One of the most iconic ships born out of this rivalry included the Olympic.
However, in the dark days of the Great Depression, both Cunard and White Star Line found themselves in financial difficulty. Forced with the prospect of bankruptcy, they both turned to the British Government for assistance. This assistance was granted on the basis that the two company's merge. This merger occurred on 10th May, 1934 creating the Cunard-White Star Line. One of the most notable liners to move across to Cunard White-Star was Olympic.
For most of her life, Olympic was a rival to the Cunard Line. Built in Ireland in 1910 and put to sea in 1911, Olympic was White Star Line's answer to the Mauretania and Lusitania.
Her near identical sister ship, Titanic, became the more well known of the two, when she hit an iceberg and sunk on her maiden voyage in April of 1912.
Olympic joined the Cunard-White Star fleet in 1934 when the two organisations were forced to merge (in order to secure government loans for the building of the Queen Mary).
Olympic served with Cunard White-Star until 1937 when she was withdrawn from service and sold for scrap.