Introduction

  This website tells the story of  "the most beautiful hospital ship that ever sailed the seas": the Britannic. Built and launched after the tragic loss of her sistership -the famous Titanic- as one of the finest and safest ocean liners of her era, the Britannic never crossed the Atlantic carrying the rich and the poor to the New World. She was converted into a hospital ship and made six voyages to the Mediterranean, evacuating thousands of wounded soldiers from the battlefields of  the Eastern Front during World War I. Considered more "unsinkable" than the Titanic due to the modifications of her design, she was lost in only 55 minutes after an explosion caused by a German mine. The Britannic was the largest British ship lost during the conflict and remains the largest sunken ocean liner in the world. The enormous wreck was found in 1975 by Jacques Cousteau near the Greek island of Kea (Tzia) in the Aegean Sea.

 

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