People all over the world have heard of the Titanic. Once the world’s biggest ships, the Olympic-class ocean liner tragically struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage to New York and sank, with hundreds of passengers and crew members perishing in the disaster.
James Cameron’s famous film bolstered the ship’s global reputation, but the Titanic was actually one of three Olympic-class vessels, and items from one of her sister ships are going up for auction this week.
Alongside the Titanic, the trio of Olympic liners included the Olympic, which was the lead ship for the class, and the Britannic. All designed to the same specifications and intended to be the most luxurious and elegant cruise ships on the planet, these ships ultimately went down in history for very tragic reasons.
The sinking of the Titanic was one of the worst marine disasters in all of history, and the Britannic also sank, after colliding with a mine in the Aegean Sea. The catastrophe was far less dramatic than that of the Titanic, but 30 people died and the remaining 1,035 survivors had to be saved from the water and lifeboats.
The Britannic is actually the biggest passenger ship to currently be sitting on the sea floor and has been explored by several notable groups and individuals over the years, including Jacques Couseau back in the 1970s.
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