Britannic davits


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Bert Savels

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Why did the britannic had only "big" davits on one side?
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Hi Bert,

According to the original design, the 'big' davits (gantry davits) should be present on both sides.You can see the original configuration at the following link:

http://www.hospitalshipbritannic.com/rms_britannic.htm


When Britannic was requisitioned as a hospital ship,only 5 sets of davits had already been installed and there was simply no time to install the rest.As a temporary solution, the shipbuilders chose to install the smaller Wellin davits (those also present on Titanic) in order to reach the planned lifeboat capacity.That's why you see a single set of gantry davits near the first funnel.

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Michail
 
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