Titanic, Olympic, Britannic History
Built by the Harland Wolff company in Belfast, Ireland, the Titanic, Olympic, and Britannic were designed to be the most luxurious cruise lines of their time. Tickets for these vessels cost an absolute mint, but guests were treated with the finest luxury items ever to sail the seas. These ships were run by White Star Cruise Lines of Southampton, England.
Both Titanic sister ships were smaller than her, but still quite large for their time. Each had different experiences, and met a different eventual end. The Titanic and her sister ships are still some of the most famous vessels in history, and parts of them have been preserved in museums for all to see.
Titanic Sister Ship Britannic
Originally planned to be called the Giganitc, the Britannic was built and forced to live under the cloud of the Titanic disaster. The Titanic sister ship Britannic was named this because it was considered a lucky name; something that the White Star Line figured was needed after the Titanic sank into the Atlantic. The White Star had three ships named the Britannic over the years and the Titanic sister ship Britannic was the second.
As far as looks went, the Titanic, Olympic, and Britannic all looked similar, but the Britannic looked much more like the Titanic than her other sister. On the inside, the Titanic sister ship Britannic also looked similar to her sister, but had more safety features. It was not designed to reach faster speeds than the Olympic and the Titanic, but it was fitted with the largest marine turbine in the world and boasted 18,000 horsepower.
The Titanic sister ship Britannic was first launched on February 26, 1914 and made its first appearance on the seas as the HMS (Her Majesty’s Hospital Ship) Britannic in November, 1915.
After completing 5 successful voyages to the Middle Eastern theater of operations, transporting the wounded back to the United Kingdom, she departed on her 6th voyage on November 12, 1916. On November 21st, 1916, at 8:12 AM, the Britannic struck a mine (some believe it was a torpedo) in the Kea Channel of the Aegean Sea. Her improved safety features weren’t enough to sustain the blast and she began sinking in similar fashion to her sister the Titanic.
Famous French explorer Jacques Cousteau discovered the wreck at a depth of 110 meters and recovered a few objects from it in 1976. To this day, the shallow wreck of the Titanic sister ship Britannic belongs to the British Government because it was requisitioned as a naval medical vessel, and remains in the Kea Channel and likely will not be raised by request of the British government.