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Titanic's wartime sisters

Olympic Titanic Britannic, by Simon Mills

book_cover_olympic_titanic_britannic_web.jpgThe three liners Olympic, Titanic and Britannic were intended to secure the White Star Line’s reputation as a shipping giant in the 20th century. We all know what happened to the Titanic, but less has been said about the other vessels' wartime role.

The Olympic launched in 1911 and soon became a troopship in the First World War. Britannic was also intended for commercial service, but by 1915 had been requisitioned as a hospital ship. Just over a year later the vessel struck a mine and sank on route to Mudros.

Author Simon Mills is in a unique position as the owner of the wreck of the Britannic, and a wealth of archive documents, technical drawings and rare photographs support his narrative in this highly readable book.

Olympic Titanic Britannic
By Simon Mills
Adlard Coles, £25
ISBN: 978 14729 88652

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