5 Star on Olympic mission

Monday, 23 July 2012
5 Star on Olympic mission5 Star Cases has supplied custom road cases for artefacts from the White Star Line ocean liner RMS Olympic
UK - Flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases has supplied custom super-tough road cases to a Swedish collector Henrik Stuifbergen, for a number of artefacts from the White Star Line ocean liner RMS Olympic, sister ship and carbon copy of the ill fated RMS Titanic.

These went on display at The Exhibition Titanic that started in Spain 10 years ago and is currently showing in Barcelona until September, from where it will tour to other European destinations.

The exhibition has also visited Sweden, Germany and Denmark, and there are plans for an Asian Titanic exhibition in 2014, starting in Hong Kong.

With 2012 being the centenary of the Titanic's sinking, the exhibition has gathered momentum and interest.

Stuifbergen contacted 5 Star needing a solution to move his artefacts around quickly and easily.

He had acquired the massive oak second class dining room doors from the RMS Olympic and had them restored before he was asked if they could be shown at the exhibition.

Other items were a rare first class oak dressing table with brass handles on tapering supports; a first class iron balustrade painted blue, gold and white; two pictures and a mirror from the first class smoking room. All needed to be cased

Stuifbergen was recommended to 5 Star by a Spanish company which was very happy with their own 5 Star cases, and as the doors and other items were in the UK, it made logistical sense to have them cased there.

He asked 5 Star to make three cases and worked closely with 5 Star's Steve Swann who designed and oversaw the project.

(Jim Evans)

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