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    Loss of the Britannic

    Today we remember the loss of the Britannic, Sister ship of the Titanic, which went down on the 21st November 1916 in the Eastern Mediterranean. Her first voyage was to help evacuate wounded troops from Gallipoli. With the opening of the Salonika campaign she was to complete a further three trips to evacuate troops from this theatre, bringing back over 10,000 men.

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    The Britannic was on her way to pick up more wounded soldiers near the Gulf of Athens, when at 8:12 a.m., a violent explosion rocked the ship. Captain Bartlett ordered the closure of the watertight doors and sent out a distress signal.Something had hit the ship on the starboard side, near the bow between the second and third cargo holds. Damage to a bulkhead meant that the first five compartments would become flooded. The timing of the explosion was fatal.Bartlett ordered the ship to be abandoned at 8.35am, just twenty three minutes after the explosion. Over the next half hour, the 600 crew and 500 medical personnel clambered into thirty-five lifeboats or swam for their lives away from the fast-sinking ship. 30 people lost their lives.

    VIA: Royal British Legion - Paris France
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith at Tregenna View Post
    Loss of the Britannic

    RE: Sister ship of the Titanic
    VIA: The History of Wales

    Born on this day 1882 in Eglwys Rhos, Caernarfonshire:

    Harold Lowe, the Fifth Officer on RMS Titanic when it sank in April 1912. He was described by survivors as 'the real hero of the Titanic' for his role in the evacuation. He was the only officer to return to the ship to search for survivors. He also rescued a sinking lifeboat and towed another boat to safety.

    On his return to Barmouth, 1,300 people attended a reception held in his honour and he was presented with a commemorative gold watch. He served in the Royal Navy Reserve during the First World War and saw service in Vladivostok during the Russian Revolution and Civil War. During World War II he served as an Air Raid Warden until his death in 1944.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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    #1 perhaps the loss of her sister ship in 1912 was instrumental in the number of survivors aboard Brittanic with increased numbers of lifeboats in use, and she sank twice as fast as Titanic.
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