About this website
The main goal of this website is to gather most of the available information regarding the Britannic in one place. Many will ask why so much attention should be given to a liner that never carried a single passenger, was largely incomplete during her short career as a hospital ship and her loss remained a footnote in maritime history for many years. The easiest answer would be the link to her famous sister ship. Without any doubt many people see the Britannic as nothing more than a copy of the Titanic and this similarity attracts them to the wreck and its story. However, seeing the ship under this point of view makes us ignore the fact that she was actually one step ahead of the Titanic in terms of safety, being a quite different vessel despite the similar design.
According a theory, every object produced by man is designed having in mind its destruction by frequent use, by exposure to nature's forces or by accident. Some examples: a car must be able to pass a crash test, a building must resist earthquakes, a ship must stay afloat in case of collision or bad weather. In all these cases, it was the study of accidents that gave the necessary knowledge for their evolution. The Britannic is important because she was the evolution of the Olympic-class design as a direct result of the study of Titanic's sinking. This was possible because the Britannic could be modified, being at the initial stages of construction . On the contrary, the Olympic was complete when the Titanic was lost, so she could not receive such extensive modifications.
The sinking of a ship may help us built better vessels in the future, however we come attracted to wrecks for another reason which is equally fascinating. It's the process of reconstructing the image of something by the observation of its remains. The Britannic -being so well preserved- gives us a great opportunity to discover many details of the Olympic-class which otherwise would remain hidden.
Concluding, we should not forget that this website is also a tribute to those who perished during the sinking. Their death was less glorious in comparison to the soldiers who died in combat -but equally horrible. The men and women who served on the hospital ships had the most sacred mission of all: to heal the body and the soul of the wounded soldiers, offering their medical assistance and human comfort during the long journey back to England.
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