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White Star Line

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Length: 468.0 ft.
Breadth: 45.0 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 34 ft. (depth)
Tonnage: 5,004 (gross)
Engines: Four-cylinder compound inverted engines; cylinders 48 and 83 inch diameter; 60 inch stroke.
Speed: 15 knots
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland (Yard No. 83)
Launched: February 3, 1874
Maiden Voyage: June 25, 1874
Disposition: 1903 - Scrapped

Port of Registry: Liverpool, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Buff; black top
Company flag: Red swallow tailed pennant with white star
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters:
Details: Four masts; single screw; twin funnel.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Refered to several times during the course of testimony at the two inquiries. Was one of the numerous White Star vessels commanded by Captain Smith during his career.


February 1874

Launched by Harland & Wolff at Belfast, Ireland (Yard No. 83).

June 25, 1874

She made her maiden voyage, from Liverpool to New York, on 25 June 1874 and remained on that route for her entire White Star career.

October-November 1876

Captured the westbound Blue Riband and a month later set the westbound record as well, becoming the only White Star ship ever to hold both records at the same time. (She would lose the westbound record to her sister, Germanic, in April 1877 and the eastbound one to the Guion Line's Arizona in July 1879.)

July 1881

Britannic ran aground at Kilgore, County Wexford, Ireland, and remained aground for two days. After being refloated, she sprang a leak in her engine room and was beached at Wexford Bay, where she was patched and pumped out before returning to Liverpool.

May 1887

Involved in collision with White Star's Celtic (I) about 350 miles east of Sandy Hook. Four of Britannic's steerage passengers were killed in the collision and the ship was left with a 2.5 by 3 foot ( .80 by .91 me.) hole at and below the waterline on her port side. She was repaired at New York, and was out of service for nearly a month.

August 16, 1899

Britannic began her final Liverpool-New York trip for White Star . Upon her return to Liverpool, she was requisitioned as a Boer War troop transport (HMT 62).


Upon her return to White Star it was determined that she should be scrapped rather than refurbished for further service.


Broken up at Hamburg, Germany.


Courtesy: Mark Baber, Jeff Newman and greatships.net. Used with permission.
Image Courtesy: Old Ship Photo Galleries (http://www.photoship.co.uk) Used with permission