What happened to the Titanic’s less well-known sister ships, the Olympic and Britannic?

Another terrible event recently brought the melancholy narrative of the doomed Titanic, which sunk over a century ago, back into the public awareness. 111 years after the infamous Titanic tragedy, the Titan submarine catastrophically exploded on June 18, killing everybody on board and refocusing attention on one of history’s worst tragedies.

The Olympic Line’s Titanic was the pride of the White Star Line maritime company. Over 1,500 passengers and crew perished as the Titanic set sail on her tragic voyage with its sister ships, the Britannic and Olympic. The catastrophe resulted in considerable security upgrades on the surviving ships.

Only the Olympic survived out of the three sister ships. When it collided with a British cruiser in 1911, inflicting damage to its hull, it encountered difficulties. The Olympic underwent substantial repairs to improve safety after the Titanic accident. The number of lifeboats available increased, from 20 to 68. Over time, the ship performed a variety of tasks, including carrying troops during World War I. Even a German submarine came into contact with it, yet it managed to live. The Olympic was sold and dismantled as a consequence of the desire to reduce the fleet when the firm merged with another one.

The final of the three sister ships, the Britannic, was launched in 1915 and had a brief history. Like the Olympic, it took action in World War I before the Royal Navy converted her into a hospital ship. Sadly, it suffered a destiny similar to that of the Titanic. The Britannic exploded and sunk in the Aegean Sea on November 21, 1916. Fortunately, there were much fewer losses than on the Titanic, with just 30 of the 1,100 passengers losing their life.




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