Best Britannic Books


Hello everybody,

I've been looking for a good book on the HMHS Britannic. It is really hard to find anything or any good reviews. I value everyone's opinion here and was hoping for some insight. I have just finished 'The Olympic Class Ships' and loved it!! Now I am more interested than ever in the youngest sister. Thanks for any insight.
I would recommend "Hostage to Fortune - The Dramatic Story of the Last Olympian - HMHS Britannic" by Simon Mills.
There is also "Britannic - Schiff der tausend Tage" by Armin Zeyher which is only in German as far as I know. However Britannic researcher Michail Michailakis is currently working on his Britannic book adding some new material.

Mark Baber

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As far as material in English is concerned, Hostage to Fortune is THE book devoted solely to Britannic, IMHO.

Ioannis, how far along is Michail on his book?
I am not sure, he stated it on his Facebook page but can not remember if he is planing to finish it this year or not. He recently was in Belfast finding some new stuff including unknown information about the elevators aboard (which were all in function when covered into a hospital ship).


Thanks a lot for the suggestions, I will be looking for a copy of it online. It's a real shame that Britannic is ignored so much. I feel that she is a wonderful ship with an honorable story. Thanks again.
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I hope to finish the book before the end of the summer. It will be focused on the crew and the medical personnel.A large part will be about the organization of the hospital on board.The latter is a tricky subject since not much is available but I think I've located the resource I was looking for. As soon as I get access to a copy things will get much easier I hope.

I've not noted that book, but would recommend reading Titanic Survivor by stewardess Violet Jessop. Her description of surviving Britannic's sinking must is been a terrifying experience. Her description of sailing on Titanic and Olympic is also eye-opening.
Simon Mills
Hostage to Fortune
The Unseen Britannic
Exploring The Britannic

Mark Chirnside
Olympic + Titanic + Britannic: An Illustrated History of the Olympic Class (Though this one has become a bit harder to find recently)

Titanic Survivor by Violet Jessop
The Last Voyage of the HMHS Britannic by Rev. John A Fleming

J.Kent Layton
The Edwardian Super-liners: A Trio of Trios

Richie Kohler:
Mystery of the last Olympian: Titanic's tragic sister Britannic
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Another can now be added to this list:

Expedition Britannic: Diving Titanic’s Sister Ship by Rick Ayrton


A photo-rich dive-by-dive exploration of the wreck with near identical build and layout to Titanic.

(*I am the publisher of this book, I hope it is okay to post.)
Mark Chirnside
Olympic + Titanic + Britannic: An Illustrated History of the Olympic Class (Though this one has become a bit harder to find recently)

Thanks for the recommendation Nikki!

I'm pleased to confirm this book was reprinted in 2017 and 2019. I have copies in stock and anyone who wants a signed copy (for whatever reason!) can purchase directly from me via my website.
Richie Kohler's "The Mystery of the Last Olympian" was ok, was very slow in some areas, focused more on the surface operations more than the wreck and other stuff.