british White Star Line, Oceanic Steam Nav. Co., Ismay HMHS Britannic [+1916]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
subtype/class Olympic class ocean liner (br.)
Olympic class ocean liner (br.) Titanic RMS [+1912]
propulsion steam
date built 1914
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 48158  grt
dimensions 259.8 x 28.7 x 18.1 m
material steel
engine 2 x 3 cyl. triple expansion & LP turbine. Two four-cylinder triple expansion reciprocating engines each producing 16000 hp for outboard wing propellers. Triple screw.
power 50000  h.p.
speed 22.5  knots
yard no. 433
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 21/11/1916  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.30rank: 619
about people
builder
Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
engine by
Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
owner
White Star Line, Oceanic Steam Nav. Co., Ismay, Liverpool
captain Barlett Charles
no. of crew 1066
no. of passengers 0
about the wreck
status in excellent state
depth (m.) 119 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
position on seabed to starboard
visibility good
current normal
sea bed sand
protected yes
war grave yes
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 20/04/2009
last update Jan Lettens
last update 23/08/2012
 
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[1] Jan Lettens12/04/2008
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Apostalp04/02/2012

The famous wreck of Britannic is located about 2 n.m. of the Island of Kea in the Aegean Sea.The depth is between -90m & -125m. Diving is allowed only under authorization from the owner of the wreck! Strong currents make diving an extreme effort. Trimix blends is a must for an expendition. Rebreathers are better for the expertise! Several expedition have been made in the past. Some can be found in the u-tube, as a film.

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Jan Lettens04/11/2012BRITANNIC

White Star Line; built 1914 by Harland & Wolff; 48.158 tons; 852.5x94x59.5 ft.; 22.5 knots; triple-expansion engines & L.P. turbine.

Before Britannic was completed in 1914, she was requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as a hospital ship. On November 21st, 1916, she was en route to Salonika, when she struck a mine in the Aegean Sea. She sank in less than an hour. 21 died of 1.125 crew and staff. It is believed that the mines had been laid in the channel by the U-73 (Lt. Cdr. Siehs).
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Allen Tony20/04/2009The White Star liner Britannic SS was built for the company´s trans- Atlantic service and was launched in February 1914, Before she was completed she was taken over by the Admiralty for use as a hospital ship and was never employed for her original purpose. On November 21st, 1916, she was sailing to Salonika to take on board wounded when she struck a mine in the Zea Channel in the Aegean Sea. She sank in a very short time, taking with her 21 members of the crew and medical staff.

At the time of the disaster she had on board 1,125 persons, of whom 625 were crew and 500 medical officers, nurses and Royal Army Medical Corps personnel. In addition to those drowned 28 were injured. The mines had been laid in the channel only an hour previously by the U-73, Lt.Cdr. Siehs, who had brought his sub marine from Cuxhaven to the Mediterranean.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Jan Lettens12/04/2008A good website page about Brittanic can be found below.
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  titanicandco.com
Jan Lettens28/08/2008UK hydro member
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 UK Hydrographic Office


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About Owners
 
White Star Line, Oceanic Steam Nav. Co., Ismay, Liverpool

In 1867-1868 the founder Thomas Henry Ismay bought the goodwill and flag of another White Star Line. Most ships had their name ending with "ic".

A fierce competitor to the Cunard Line on the North Transatlantic route, Cunard bought the White Star Line in 1934 to form the Cunard White Star Line Ltd.

Lloyd's reference: 1423

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About Builders
 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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Jan Lettens  27/06/2010
Diving Brittanic
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Diving Brittanic
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Diving Brittanic
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