This page provides an index of material relating to Britannic’s history, which is available on this website. Although this material is accessible from other pages, such as the Articles Index, it has been gathered here so that readers with a particular interest in this ship can locate the Britannic material easily. On occasion, there will also be identified external links included directing the reader to other websites.

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Olympic & Titanic: Refining A Design (April 2020)

An article discussing several minor refinements to Titanic's design based on experience with Olympic (similar changes were then incorporated into Olympic and Britannic).  It is a greatly expanded version of an article originally made available on the Titanic Research & Modelling Association (TRMA) website in 2005, which published information about these changes for the first time.  This expanded article appeared in the British Titanic Society journal Atlantic Daily Bulletin in December 2019.

HMHS Britannic: A Mystery of Numbers   (February 2020)

This article discusses Britannic's official number, looking at the evidence that she was allocated both the number 'G.608' and 'G.618' during the different phases of her service as a hospital ship.  It was published originally in the Titanic Historical Society journal Titanic Commutator in 2008 and has been reproduced as it was originally written, with an additional introductory note.

Titanic: Allegations & Evidence (August 2016)

This article discusses a number of questionable claims made about Titanic in recent years, including unsubstantiated claims of deliberately flawed construction  It was published originally in the Titanic International Society journal Voyage in December 2015.

Britannic Hospital Ship Voyage Chronology: 1915-16 (January 2012)

A full chronology of Britannic’s service as a hospital ship, including the voyages she made and each port of call, from her maiden voyage in December 1915 until she foundered in November 1916.

Britannic Hospital Ship Plans, 1916 (January 2012)

Cyril Codus’ remarkable depiction of Britannic as she appeared in hospital ship service, including an aerial view of the ship’s boat and upper decks.

Britannic: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (February 2011)

Several questions about Britannic are examined and the answers given. How long was Britannic? Was she originally going to be called Gigantic? And what was her identification number as a hospital ship?

Dossier: Gigantic (March 2008)

The ongoing debate regarding the third sister’s name is covered in a number of new articles, which analyse recent research into the issue. It provides a link to order a copy of ‘The Gigantic Question,’ an extensive article by Mark Chirnside and Paul Lee, published in the Titanic Historical Society’s Titanic Commutator 2008: Volume 31 Number 180: Pages 181-92.

‘To The Editor…’ (July 2007)

A listing of letters that have been published in various maritime journals. This page will be updated as additional letters are written and published.

HMHS Britannic Officers’ Appointments (December 2005)

This provides the most complete and up-to-date listing of Britannic’s officers (including the dates of their appointments) available, as well as highlighting Second Officer Brocklebank’s service onboard throughout 1915-16.


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Britannic: A Glimpse From John Riddell’s Photograph Album (2008)

Early in January 2008, Michail Michailakis and Mark Chirnside were fortunate to purchase an album maintained by John Riddell, who served onboard the hospital ship Panama during the war and took a number of photographs. Four of those photographs turned out to be unpublished images of Britannic, and there were also unique photographs of Aquitania and Mauretania. By careful analysis of the historical record, Mark Chirnside was able to date the photographs to February 4th 1916, for Britannic left Naples at 3.15 p.m. that day.




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