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White Star Line: HMHS (His Majesty's Hospital Ship) Britannic

White Star Line HMHS Britannic 1914-1916 Sank after striking U-boat mine - 30 killed

Britannic was built for the White Star Line by Harland & Wolff shipyards in Belfast in 1914. She was launched on February 26, 1914. Britannic was a sister ship to the Olympic and Titanic. She was third to a trio of Olympic Class Liners.  Before Britannic could commence her intended transatlantic service between New York and Southampton, in August 1914, the Triple Entente (United Kingdom, France and Russia) declared war on the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire).

 

 

1915 photo of Britannic coaling at Southampton (Webmaster's private collection)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 It had been thought that the war would be over by Christmas; however, it was soon apparent that this would not be so. She was requisitioned by the admiralty to serve during the war effort as a hospital ship and renamed HMHS Britannic (His Majesty's Hospital Ship) On November 21, 1916, she struck a mine laid by U-30 and sunk. 30 men were killed out of 1,066 on board. She was never used for the transatlantic passenger service she was designed for.


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