HMHS (His / Her Majesty's Hospital Ship) Britannic , ordered by the company "White Star Line (White Star Line)" shipbuilding company "Harland and Wolff" - Titanic, "Olympic", "British".
History of the British
As early as August 1914, the liner was suitable for transatlantic voyages between Southampton and New York. However, the First World War began. Shipyards contracted by the British Admiralty were immediately requisitioned. Some of them were converted into military cruisers, the rest could serve as excellent vehicles for transporting troops. The Admiralty paid companies for the use of their ships, but the risk of losing the ship due to hostilities was very high. However, large ocean liners were not converted into warships, as it was much easier to work with small ships.
Millions of soldiers were wounded in the First World War. The Admiralty urgently needed liners that could easily be converted into floating hospitals. On November 13, 1915, the Britannic was requisitioned from the White Star Line directly at its location in Belfast. Large red crosses and a horizontal green stripe appeared on the Britannica. Now the ship became known as HMHS Britannic (His Majesty's Hospital Ship "Britannic"). Charles A. Bartlett was appointed captain of the liner. During the war, "Britannik" made 5 successful flights. The sixth flight, which began on November 12, 1916, proved fatal to him.
Death of a Briton
On November 12, 1916, the British left Southampton for Mudros, a municipality on the island of Lesbos, Greece, to evacuate wounded British soldiers. On November 15, at 00:00 local time, the liner crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, and on November 17 reached Naples. There the ship made a stop for additional loading of coal and water. The first stage of his mission was completed. Leaving Naples did not give the British a storm, but soon the weather improved, and the captain took the liner on. November 23