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                                                             White Star Line Germanic 1874-1950             (Photo - Webmaster's personal collection)

Germanic was built by Harland and Wolff for White Star in 1874. Twenty-four years later she underwent a refit complete with new engines, extra deck space and longer funnels. In 1899, she sank in her berth during a blizzard from the weight of snow and ice on her decks. She was later salvaged and sold to the Dominion Line and renamed Ottawa then sold again to Turkish buyers, and renamed Gulcemal. On 5/13/15 she was accidentally torpedoed by the British sub E-14. The ship was salvaged and refurbished for a second time and ended up serving in the coastal trade until 1950. This became the second longest period of time that a ship has actively served at sea, 75 years. The ship with the longest time at sea happens to be a White Star Line vessel as well. The baggage tender Traffic (I) served for 82 years at sea, (1872-1955)

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