Saturday, February 26, 2011

T.D.I.H. - Feb 26

On this day in history in 1914, HMHS Britannic was launched. She was designed and built as part of White Star Line's three Olympic class liners. Her sisters were Olympic and Titanic. HMHS Britannic was brought into service during World War I as a hospital ship. While serving in the Mediterranean in 1916, she struck a mine and sank. Her sister ship Titanic had already struck an iceberg and sank in 1912. The third ship Olympic was involved in several notable collisions, including the deliberate ramming and sinking of a German submarine while serving as a troopship in World War I. Olympic was eventually scrapped in 1936. The most interesting bit of history dealing with these three ships however is the story of Violet Jessop. In 1911 she was working on Olympic when that ship collided with a British warship and was forced to limp back to port for major repairs. in 1912, she was on Titanic when it sank and was one of the survivors. Finally in 1916 she was on HMHS Britannic and survived when it struck a mine and sank. Depending on how you look at it, she was either the luckiest, or most unluckiest person around.

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