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Titanic's Sisters - Britannic and Olympic

Updated on September 26, 2014

There Were Three White Star Liners in the Same Class

Everyone knows the story of the sinking of the Titanic, but not everyone knows that the she was one of a trio of sister ships that also included the HMHS Britannic and the RMS Olympic.

The Olympic Class Ocean Liners of the White Star Line were built to better the biggest, fastest liners afloat. White Star's intention was for the three to be bigger and more luxurious than rival Cunard's Lusitania and Mauretania.

Sadly, only one of these three beautiful vessels ever enjoyed a real career as a passenger ship. But, even she had an extended interruption in that career. Do you know which one?

Here, then is a brief introduction to the two lesser known sisters. Read on to find out about the two lesser known liners of the same class, from the comforts and career of the much loved Olympic, to the sad fate of the heroic Britannic.

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Olympic (left), Titanic under construction, 1910, PD
Olympic (left), Titanic under construction, 1910, PD | Source

What Are Sister Ships?

There Were Three in the Olympic Class

Sister ships are vessels that are all built to the same design specifications, for the same line, and by the same shipbuilder.

They will be alike in size, with like hulls, power and propulsion systems, equipment, and interior layouts. There can be minor variations from one sister ship to the next, but to the casual observer, except for things like décor, these may not always be immediately noticeable.

A class of ships is customarily named after the first sister to be built. The order in which the three sisters were built was:

1 - Olymmpic

2 - Titanic

3 - Britannic

All three were built for White Star Line, by the Harland & Wolff shipyard, in Ireland. They were the premier shipbuilders of that time.

A New Class of Ocean Liners

White Star wanted to Outdo Cunard with these Three Big Ships

As today, the different lines then strove to to out do one another. White Star Line ordered the Olympic Class ships to be bigger and more luxurious than RMS Lusitania and RMS Mauretania, both of which sailed for rival line Cunard.

Luxury (for the day) was everywhere on these ships.

Some First Class cabins even had private baths; and it was on these new vessels that White Star replaced third class dormitories with cabins accommodating from two to ten passengers.

The fabulous Grand Staircase, that everyone remembers from the movie Titanic, was designed especially for Olympic Class ships.

(Poster available at Zazzle)
(Poster available at Zazzle) | Source

General Specifications of the Olympic Class of Ocean Liners

Grt: around 46,000

Length: about 883 ft

Beam: roughly 92 ft

Speed: 21 kts

Decks: 9

Passenger Capacity: 2,435

Construction of the first ship began in 1908, and the final sister was completed in 1914.

FOUR FUNNEL LINERS

They were three of only 14 four funnel liners ever built. However, their fourth funnel was only for aesthetics and ventilation.

Are You Familiar with Olympic Class Ships? - Or did you think the Titanic was unique?

Did you already know that the Titanic was an Olympic Class Ship and that she had two sisters in the same class?

Did you already know about the other two ships?

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Read More about Them - Their Stories are Fascinating

The interconnected stories of these three ships are among the most fascinating ever

This book is not only good reading, but is well illustrated with photographs, too.

Any who loves maritime history in general, or that of ocen liners in particular, will enjoy this book from author Mark Chirnside. He is widely accepted as one of the foremost authorities on Olympic class ships.

The Olympic

1911 to 1935

The RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Olympic was the only one of the three sisters to have a successful career as an ocean liner. During her lifetime, she sailed 1.8 million miles!

Olympic's Maiden Voyage:  June 14, 1911 (get it at Zazzle)
Olympic's Maiden Voyage: June 14, 1911 (get it at Zazzle) | Source
Promenade Deck on the RMS Olympic
Promenade Deck on the RMS Olympic | Source

Ocean Liner Luxuries

Impressed Passengers of the Era

Here's a look at the Promenade Deck of the Olympic. This was one place where Titanic differed from Olympic. Part of Titanic's Promenade Deck was enclosed so that it could be used in bad weather.

It must have been an absolutely wonderful place for a stroll after dinner. I think I would have enjoyed that myself!

Promenade Deck, RMS Olympic, PD-US

Other luxuries aboard the ships included a Turkish Bath, Veranda Cafe, a swimming pool, and separate smoking rooms in first, second, and third class. Smoking rooms were for gentlemen only.

As you can see from the following pictures, the décor was quite elegant.

Veranda Cafe

Veranda Cafe on Olympic (1912 photo)
Veranda Cafe on Olympic (1912 photo) | Source

First Class Smoking Room

Olympic's First Class Smoking Room in 1912
Olympic's First Class Smoking Room in 1912 | Source

First Class Lounge

A 1920's photo of the First Class Lounge
A 1920's photo of the First Class Lounge | Source
Olympic and Titanic at Belfast, Ireland, drydock in 1912
Olympic and Titanic at Belfast, Ireland, drydock in 1912 | Source

Olympic's Woes

Delay Titanic's Completion

NOt once, but twice in her first year, Olympic found herself in need of emergency repairs. Twice, work on Titanic was halted, so that the only Olympic class ocean liner to yet produce revenue could be sped back into service.

In September of 1911, Olympic suffered flooded compartments and a twisted propeller shaft when she and HMS Hawke collided at sea. She received Titanic's propeller shaft.

Then, in February, 1912, Olympic lost a propeller blade, and again displaced her unfinished sister from her drydock at Belfast.

As a result of these work stoppages, Titanic's maiden voyage was delayed some 21 days past the originally scheduled date.

RMS Titanic

The RMS Titanic's maiden voyage began from Southampton on April 12, 1912, and ended on the sea floor in the early hours of April 15, 1912

After the Sinking of Titanic

Changes Were Made to The Remaining Two Vessels

After the sinking of Titanic, changes were made to Olympic and Britannic.

Additional lifeboats were added.

Watertight bulkheads were extended upward.

A watertight "skin" was added to the engine and boiler rooms.

As a result of design changes stemming from the tragic events of April, 1912, when finally finished, Britannic was larger than Titanic by a couple of feet, several tons heavier, and had more powerful engines to compensate for the extra weight.

Olympic & Titanic: The Truth Behind the Conspiracy
Olympic & Titanic: The Truth Behind the Conspiracy

The author, Bruce Beveridge is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the British Titanic Society, and is a leading authority on Titanic and her sisters.

 

The White Star Switch Conspiracy - Which ship really sank?

There is a theory that the RMS Titanic and the RMS Olympic were 'switched' by White Star Line, because of damage to the older ship during her collision with HMS Hawke, and that it was really Olympic that sank.

Was a damaged RMS Olympic purposely sent out by White Star Line, to sink in the place of Titanic? That's the claim of the switch theory.

In this book, a noted authority on the famous ocean liners explores this theory.

Olympic's first Captain

went on to be

Captain of the Titanic

How RMS Britannic would have looked  on her maiden voyage as a White Star Ocean Liner
How RMS Britannic would have looked on her maiden voyage as a White Star Ocean Liner | Source

The Royal Mail Ship that Never Sailed

RMS Britannic

Here is what Britannic might have looked lif she had ever sailed as a passenger ship, but was not to be.

If you look closely, you can even see the newly added davits for hoisting the additional lifeboats.

How RMS Britannia Would Have Looked,

PD-US, PD-1923, wikipedia

Although the RMS Britannic never sailed, the HMHS Britannic did.

There has been a persistent story that her name was to have been Gigantic, but was changed after Titanic sank due to the similarity. White Star always denied this.

Britannic never saw her maiden transatlantic voyage.

WAR

With the beginning of World War I in August, 1914, work was stopped or slowed on all vessels not a part of the war eftort. Work on Britannic continued, but at a much slower pace, and with a low priority for materials.

As a safety precaution, Olympic was withdrawn from passenger service, and took refuge in Belfast, alongside her unfinished sister, in November of that year.

HMT

stands for

His Majesty's Transport

RMS Olympic, Sailing as HMT2810
RMS Olympic, Sailing as HMT2810 | Source

HMT 2810 Goes to War

"Old Reliable"

It was bound to happen. The Great War was raging, and here were these two great ships, safely tucked away at the shipyard in Belfast.

The head of the White Star Line had hoped they would stay there for the war's duration. But, no. Olympic was requisitioned as a fast troop transport. After having her magnificent appointments removed, bunks installed, and guns mounted, she sailed as HMT 2810 on September 24, 1915.

HMT 2810 racked up an impressive war record, transporting over 200,000 British, Canadian, and U.S. troops, and even rescuing survivors of France's sunken Provencia. She was fondly dubbed "Old Reliable" during her war service.

AND she was the only merchant ship in the entire war to do one utterly amazing thing. More on that later!

During her time serving her country, she was painted in a "dazzle" camo paint pattern

SIDE NOTE: Dazzle camouflage painting was intended to confuse rather than disguise. Read more about dazzle camouflage.

HMHS

stands for

His Majesty's Hospital Ship

RMS Britannic Becomes HMHS Britannic - and Serves Her Country with Honor

HMHS Britannic, serving as a hospital ship in World War II
HMHS Britannic, serving as a hospital ship in World War II | Source

HMS Britannic Role in World War II

After having been made ready, the newly redesignated HMHS Britannic sailed into service of her country on December 23, 1915. Repainted white, with a green stripe running from bow to stern, and three large red crosses, she was unmistakably a hospital ship.

Her mission was to bring the sick and wounded from the theater of war back home to Great Britain. Between December of 1915 and November of 1916, she completed five successful round trips.

She traveled both ways with a full complement of doctors and nurses in addition to her crew. On return legs, her wards were filled with sick and wounded fighters. But not a single civilian passenger was ever privileged to book passage on her.

A WWII German U Boat
A WWII German U Boat | Source

An Ocean Liner SINKS a U-boat

A Remarkable Feat for a Passenger Ship

In May of 1912, HMT 2810 (Olympic) was doing a crossing, filled with U.S. soldiers being transported to France. On the morning of the 18th, lookouts sighted a German submarine, U-103, on the surface ahead.

The submarine had already sunk 8 ships, and was preparing to launch torpedos for her ninth kill - HMT 2810!

a WWI German u-boat, GWPDA, wikipedia

HMT's gunners opened fire, as the sub dove.

Captain Hayes turned the huge liner into the sub, ramming her and gashing her conning tower.

The Olympic then continued on her way.

The USS Davis came along, and picked up the u-103's 31 survivors, some of whom confirmed that they were, indeed, preparing to torpedo the Olympic.

So it was that the Olympic accomplished the remarkable feat of being the only merchant vessel to actually SINK a German warship in WWI.

Britannic Sinks, as shown in film "Britannic"
Britannic Sinks, as shown in film "Britannic" | Source

November 21, 1916

The End for Britannic

On the morning of November 21, 1916, as she was en route to the war theater for the sixth time, an explosion suddenly rocked His Majesty's Hospital Ship Britannic.

The improvements made as a result of lessons learned from the sinking of Titanic should have kept her afloat for at least three hours.

But the new measures didn't keep her afloat, partly because nurses had opened portholes on lower infirmary decks, in order to air out the wards. Water poured in. It took Britannic only 55 minutes to slip beneath the surface and sink to the bottom of the sea.

Since she was on her way to pick up patients, there were none aboard at the time, or there surely would have been more lost than the 30 who did perish.

Though officially undetermined whether she hit a mine, or was targeted by a German torpedo boat, there is reason to believe she was intentionally sunk by a torpedo.

Passenger Service is Restored

in 1920

After the war, Olympic returned to the shipyard in Belfast, where she was refurbished, and refitted with the furnishings and equipment that had been removed prior to going to war. She was also converted to run on oil at this time.

She returned to passenger service in 1920, and continued on until White Star, having merged with Cunard, withdrew her from service in 1935.

She served admirably for 24 years, and was the only sister to ever complete a civilian sailing.

Celebrity Millennium, docked in Nassau
Celebrity Millennium, docked in Nassau | Source

The Three Sisters Today

Where are These Three Ocean Liners today?

Olympic was scrapped in 1935, but many of her furnishings and appointments were auctioned first. Parts of her are scattered round the globe. Pieces can be seen at the Southampton Maritime Museum, and the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick, England.

Celebrity Cruises keeps a small part of her alive and sailing. The RMS Olympic Restaurant on board the Celebrity Millennium has as part of its décor original wooden panels from the Olympic's a la carte restaurant.

Britannic lies where she sank, in 400' of water, three miles off the Greek island of Kea, and is officially designated as a war grave.

Titanic, as everyone knows, continues to sleep in her watery grave, 2.33 miles below the surface of the cold Atlantic, and 370 miles from Mistaken Point, Newfoundland . Her treasures are subject to plunder by those capable of operating at such depths, but ownership of Titanic artifacts is the subject of a court ruling.

Did you learn something new here? - (a poll)

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What do you think of the stories of Britannic and Olympic? While their sister Titanic continues to get the lion's share of attention, do you agree that the other two Olympic Class Ocean Liners deserve to be honored as well?

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      just me 4 months ago

      one more sister, albeit she is small, a tender built same time as her sisters, in Belfast by Harland and Wolf, built to look like a miniture of her bigger sisters.She was built to ferry passengers out to her big sisters in France for the reason all her sisters were too large to dock in any French ports. Her name is the Nomadic and she is the last remaining of her sisters and is back in Belfast where she was built with her sisters being restored. Yes i agree she is not of the same specs as her larger sisters, but she does share the same birthplace and heritage as her big sisters. thanks and cheers

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Beautiful lens, thanks for sharing. I learned quite a few things from it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Even though I have learned here that the place where the Britannic went down had been named a war grave, have there been any recent dives to take pictures of the wreck? The 100th anniversary of her sinking will be coming up in two years, but will anyone care or even remember it? (There isn't even that much said about World War One AKA 'The Great War' as it is....From what I have noticed, it barely even gets a sentence or two in school history books!)

      So who is to say if even the Britannic will get some mention when that day rolls around?

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      Fascinating! I learned a great deal from this, and found it intensely interesting.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Fantastic pictures! People will never stop telling the story of the Titanic, but I really hadn't heard much about the other two.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just recently learned something shocking and astounding about Titanic. Go to youtube and type in "Why They Sunk The Titanic." The full length documentary is 51:55 and uncovers the shocking secret about Titanic and Olympic. Watch it until the end, where the undeniable evidence stands before you.

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      joancol lm 4 years ago

      I find good information about the Titanic's sisters here.

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      Projectlazy 4 years ago

      Really enjoyable read. I think I'm going to go watch the Movie now.

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      This is a really excellent read for me =)

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      nightbear lm 4 years ago

      Wonderful! I love this whole era and have always been fascinated by these ships and the lives effected by the tragedies. Great lens, thank you.

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I was aware there were sister ships but I didn't really know much about them. Thanks.

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      Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      What an enjoyable story to read. I had no idea of the great history of these ships.

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      chinchilla-cages 4 years ago

      Great information on these three ships!

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      homphreybugart 4 years ago

      I recently acquired some negatives of photos of Havana, Cuba, ca 1932, and there is a 4 stack liner in a couple of them, I found this lens as I am researching, Very Nice !

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      Noellel 4 years ago

      Nice read, thank you...

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      An excellent lens. I had only heard of the Titanic.

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      KevinGeetar 4 years ago

      Nice lens, very informative and well put together.

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      lovemypins 4 years ago

      Interesting stuff!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Interesting stuff! A few years ago, when the movie "Titanic" w/ Leonardo DiCaprio was so popular, John & I had a pre-sinking postcard of the Olympic (knew it was pre-sinking because it mentioned the Titanic, and they quickly stopped mentioning Titanic afterwards). Anyway, we sold it for several hundred dollars on eBay if you can believe that! Today, it may not sell for as much - but we knew it was timely, so we did ok. Squid Blessed!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I knew of the other ships but not their full stories. Thank you for sharing this.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I can't get enough of these sister ships! You've done a fantastic job of telling the Olympic's story here - I was delighted to learn some new things about her career.

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      SayGuddaycom 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. I knew of the Britannic but didn't know how quickly she also sank. They would have been stunning to be aboard wouldn't they?

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      SayGuddaycom 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. I knew of the Britannic but didn't know how quickly she also sank. They would have been stunning to be aboard wouldn't they?

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      Pete Schultz 4 years ago

      Much more detail than the usual mention of the three ships in a documentary almost solely about Titanic. A very interesting read.

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      anupma lm 4 years ago

      Fascinating news. i love it. Very happy to know all about it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I do not recall ever hearing of the sister ships of the Titannic. You have disclosed fascinating information, especially the conspiracy theory of the switching of the Olympic and Titannic. Obviously, the history of the Olympic and Britannic are as important as the Titannic, if not more so.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Britannic was almost named the "Gigantic", before the Name was Changed. The Olympic was the First of the Three, then Titanic and finally the Britannic but I didn't know that the Modern ships had some artifact of the Original.

      That's Cool!!! ;D :)

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I like reading about the old ships and their history, very interesting lens, you did a great job of presenting the information.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I think people are fascinated so much by the Titanic and its disaster. They will want to read about its sister ships too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow amazing lens!

      Thnx for this great info

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      thememorybooksh1 4 years ago

      Amazing lens

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really enjoyed reading this.

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      piedromolinero 4 years ago

      A great topic with lots of interesting information. Congrats on the purple star, well deserved!

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      ShariSmith 4 years ago

      A topic that can't be discussed on basic subjects in Gradeschools

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, it's so interest8ing to hear about the other ships, thank you for ths great Lens!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very interesting. I never knew about the sister ships to the Titanic.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you so much for those wonderful, and very kind words. You made my day!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      This was a very interesting and nicely put together lens. I could not stop reading! I cannot help but think that the 'attention grabbing nature' of big sister Olympic with her repair needs caused the demise of Titanic. I agree with you though that Britannic and Olympic deserve honour for their yeoman service. I am also including this lens on my lens "5 tips for creating a 100% lens", since i think it captures that allure and appeal i think a lens should have.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Wonderful read that I really enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.

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      Oosquid 5 years ago

      I had heard of the Olympic but knew nothing at all about the Britannic. I'd also not read about Dazzle camouflage before. What fascinating stuff!

      Thank you so much for making this lens I learned something and enjoyed it.

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Very cool lens with lots of interesting info about these two other ships. Blessings to you.

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. i had heard of the Britannic and knew it was a sister ship of the Titanic, but I didn't know about the Olymmpic.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      You always teach me something new.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had heard about the 2 sisters, but I learnt more today about them.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Another beautifully crafted lens, thanks for sharing

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Great lens! I really learned something here!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      100th like!! - I love the conspiracy theory ....swapping the Titanic for the damaged Olympic!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I had heard about the Brittanic before. I know that they funded an expedition down to it's resting place to learn more about the sinking of the Titanic. I think that the Brittanic was retrofitted and painted in a military color since it was used during WWI. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You really only hear about the other two ships when you're watching one of the documentaries about when and where the Titantic was built. We really do seem to be obsessed with the Titantic (me included).

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      Preschool Toolbox 5 years ago

      Awesome and very informative lens...KUDDOS!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Great info on Titanic sisters. Impressive!

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      Whitwillow LM 5 years ago

      Amazing detail. thanks

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. These ships were truly glamorous.

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      grega85 5 years ago

      I have never heard of Titanic sister before. Thanks for sharing.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Very interesting and well written.

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      JGracey 5 years ago

      I knew about the Olympic's existence, but not about it's war history. This was so interesting to read - and that oh so funny looking "camo". I did know about the Brittanic from an old library book, but it's never a bore to read this stuff all over again. Thanks so much for taking the time to write!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I have come to expect well written and interesting lenses from you and I was not disappointed. Thank you for writing this very interesting lens. Angel blessed.

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      ANOTHER wonderful lens you have written!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      A very interesting lens - love it when I learn something new! :)

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      aksem 5 years ago

      Thanks for such interesting story

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      cool lens i enjoyed very much thank you

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      cruiselinefans 5 years ago

      SUCH a GOOD Lens! I loved the interior pictures and all the history. Thanks so much for creating this unique perspective on the Titanic and her sister ships at such an appropriate time. 100th anniversary just days away.

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      Adele Jeunette 5 years ago

      Your lens reminds me of the Violet Jessop, the woman who sailed on all three ships and encountered accidents on all three of them. I came across her when I was researching Molly Brown and kids' books on the Titanic

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Amazing lens! I love stories about the Titannic. SquidAngel Blessed! :)

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for your interesting info on ocean liners.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Wonderful stuff ... I always learn so much from your lenses.

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      mjtaylor lm 5 years ago

      Agreed; this is excellent work. I especially love the interior shots.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had no idea the other two ships even existed. Fascinating story about two ships that served Britain with valor during WWI. Great pictures and a GREAT lens!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love the interior pictures. Wish I was there.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      This was really interesting reading. We always focus so much on Titanic, forgetting her sister ships.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent job here on the lesser known sister ships of the Titanic. Blessed, and a link added on my Titanic Movies lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this lense. I hope you don't mind but I featured it on mine as it went nicely with it :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a wonderful piece of history you have shared and so fascinatingly. The lay over during the war of the Olympic in "Belfast" was sure a good safe harbor idea but what an exciting commission she had; a merchant ships surprise and honor! There couldn't be a higher honor than being the transport for wounded troops, the Britannic served well. I may have heard of the Titanic's sisters but don't recall knowing any of what you shared. So very well done and I love how you kepts us going with your 'more on that later"....blessed!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      They were all beautifully crafted ships; they just don't make them like that any more. Thanks for this interesting Lens (and the Titanic lens, wonderfully crafted). I love history.

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      Thank for the very interesting history, Blessed by a History Loving Angel.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a treasure trove and a great pleasure to read! All these great ocean-liners are forever enchanting in the mind! :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Wow! Learned a lot here. Great info.

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      cruiselinefans 5 years ago

      Lovely Photos. Thanks so much for sharing this article about an era of liners gone by. I learned a ton!

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      Brilliantly done. I learned a lot and you were interesting and concise. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great information and tribute on your lens, enjoyed reading it tonight, thank you.

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      robertjohnston 5 years ago

      Very interesting

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