21/11/1916 The sinking of the Britannic

In 1912 the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank with the loss of 1,514 lives. Since then, her sister ship the Britannic has been requisitioned into military service. The ship has been serving as a hospital ship, transporting sick and wounded servicemen from the Middle East back to Britain.

Today the ship is on its way to Lemnos to collect more injured soldiers when it hits a mine. The ship sinks quickly. The loss of life is considerably less than in the sinking of the iTitanic. The Britannic manages to launch more lifeboats and the warmer water of the Mediterranean is less lethal than the freezing wastes of the North Atlantic. And help arrives more quickly. All told 1,035 of the people onboard are rescued, with just 30 losing their lives in the incident.

Nevertheless, the loss of the Britannic is great blow. The ship is the largest vessel to be lost by the British thus far in the war.

image source (Wikipedia)

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