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- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 252mm x 256mm x 18mm | 1,000g
- Publication date: 1 April 2014
- Publication City/Country: Stroud
- ISBN 10: 0752497715
- ISBN 13: 9780752497716
- Illustrations note: 150 black & white illustrations, 40 colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 224,876
As the third and largest sister of the famous Olympic-class trio, Britannic is often and unjustly overlooked in comparison to Olympic and Titanic. Launched on the eve of war in February 1914, Britannic would never see service on the White Star Line's express service on the North Atlantic mail run for which she was built. After being requisitioned by the Admiralty in November 1915 His Majesty's Hospital Ship Britannic instead became indispensible to the thousands of injured and sick troops that needed transporting back to Britain from the Mediterranean theatre of war. However, as was the fate of many liners during the conflict, her life was cut tragically short when she was suddenly wracked by a mysterious explosion on 21 November 1916 and sank in less than an hour - three times faster than her sister ship Titanic, and yet thanks to the improvements in safety heralded by the tragedy of her sister 1,032 of 1,062 on board survived. Here Simon Mills brings together previously unseen material, including stunning colour images of Britannic's wreck in the Aegean Sea, and this poignant story to tell a tale of heroism in the First World War, of an oftoverlooked but key ship to British maritime history and of the unique future that the wreck might still one day enjoy.
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Simon Mills is a long-standing camera technician of the UK film industry. He has researched numerous documentaries on historical and maritime subjects, and is a published author on all three Olympic-class ships. He has also written a number of articles for the well-respected "Titanic Commutator."
"If everyone remembers Titanic, and many who crossed on Olympic have fond memories of her, who gives a thought to Britannic? Well, for one, Simon Mills, the author of this enthralling book, beautifully illustrated with drawings of her interiors as they were intended to be and photographs of her oyster-encrusted remains that lie on the floor of the Aegean Sea." --"Washington Times"