Britannic (III) Fact File

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Britannic (III)

Owner: Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. (White Star Line)

Ship Details


Vessel Type: Passenger and cargo ship

Official No: 162316

Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd, Queen's Island, Belfast

Yard No: 807

Laid down: 14 April 1927

Launched: 6 August 1929

Handed over: 21 June 1930

Port & Date of Registry: Liverpool, 6 June 1930

Managing Owner & Address: Arthur Belcher Cauty, 30 James Street, Liverpool


Number of Decks: 4 & 2 Partial

Number of Masts: 2

Rigged: Fore and aft schooner

Stern: Cruiser

Build: Clencher

Framework & Description of Vessel: Steel

Number of Bulkheads: 15

Number of water ballast tanks: 17


Length: 680.75 ft

Breadth: 82.4 ft

Depth: 53.05 ft

Gross Registered Tonnage: 26,943.46


Engine Builder: Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast

Engine Type: 2 X vertical reciprocating internal combustion

Cylinders: 20 X 840 millimetres (30 7/16 inches)

Stroke: 1,600 millimetres (63 inches)

Nominal Horse Power: 4,420


Description: Single ended donkey

Number: 2

Iron or Steel: Steel with wrought iron tubes

Pressure when loaded: 150 lbs

Screw: Twin

Speed: 18 knots

Signal Letters: L. G. C. F.


With the introduction to service of the motor-vessel Britannic in June 1930 a new era in transatlantic travel began. With her streamlined profile and squat funnels (not really required because she was powered by internal combustion engines) style and economy were blended together to produce a winning formula. A true duel-purpose vessel, in the winter she went cruising out of new York to the Caribbean or in the Mediterranean. So successful and profitable she proved to be that the Company immediately order a sister ship (Georgic Yard No. 896).

Britannic, the last of a long and illustrious line, went to the ship breakers in 1960 hardly noticed at the time. With her passing the legend of White Star began to grow and today and the Company that faded into the pages of history in 1934 is as well-known and respected as it was during its glory years at the turn of the 20th century.

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