17/7/1918 The sinking of the Carpathia #1918Live

In 1912 the Carpathia was sailing from New York to Fiume in the Adriatic when a wireless message alerted its crew to the shocking news that the Titanic had hit an iceberg and was sinking. The Carpathia raced to the scene and rescued the 700 survivors of the disaster.

Today the Carpathia meets its own doom. Germany’s U-boat campaign has failed to bring Britain to its knees but the German submarines are continuing to attack Allied shipping. In response the British have arranged for ships to travel in convoys, so that they can be better protected by naval vessels. However travelling in a convoy does not make a ship invulnerable to attack, as the Carpathia discovers today when it is torpedoed by the U-55 while sailing from Britain to the United States. The ship sinks in under two hours.

Unlike the Titanic, the Carpathia has an adequate number of lifeboats for the passengers and crew it is carrying. Almost all of these survive the sinking.

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The Carpathia sinks (Wikipedia)

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.

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