Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Titanic was not a unique one-off ship. She was the second of an intended trio of superlative liners
Olympic 1911, Titanic 1912 and Britannic 1914 were built to compete with Cunard’s express turbine liners Mauretania and Lusitania, completed in 1907
Titanic at 46, 328 tons was the world’s largest ship in 1912.
Britannic, the later and much modified third sister ship, was fitting out in Belfast when the First World War began in August 1914. She was completed as a hospital ship, but was sunk by a mine in 1916 and so never entered commercial service. Of the three great Belfast-built ships, only Olympic survived as a successful White Star liner, continuing in service until 1935
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