Had she been in world war one


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What if she had survived the iceberg, but standards were still updated as a precaution? She made it into World War One, and was a troop ship painted in Razzle Dazzle colours? What could have happened to her?
 
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Gabriel, She would have run the same risks as all the other ships performing trooping duties - torpedoes, mines, air attack, & surface fire.
 
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I never thought of this, but what if she had been kept in service, while her two other sisters did battle and hospital duties. But after the Britannic sunk, she was used as a hospital ship. Good point, nonetheless.
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As Trevor explained, Titanic would have been fair game for any U-Boat that would have cared to have a go at her. Whether or not she would have survived is anybody's guess.

There was nothing wrong with the watertight subdivision as it was for this sort of thing. The question is whether or not the watertight doors would have been set properly for this kind of thing. For all of her modifications, the evidence suggest that they were not on the Britannic and that was her undoing.
 
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My grandfather was returning from France on the troop ship Mount Vernon (aka NDL "Kronprinzessin Cecilie") when it was torpedoed by a U-boat. They made it back here just fine.

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>>They made it back here just fine. <<

Sounds like somebody did something right then. A merchant vessel can have a surprising amount of resistance to this sort of thing but a lot depends on the crew and what they do to save the ship as any quality of design. Bluntly, all the watertight compartmentation in the world is of zero value if it's not used properly.
 
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Hi, Michael!

>> . . .all the watertight compartmentation in the world is of zero value if it's not used properly

Ya think? . . . '-)

Yeah, the Cecilie/Mount Vernon seemed to lead a charmed life when it came to evading potshots from her own countrymen.

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>>Ya think? . . . '-)<<

Weeeeelllllll...you know....something about uncontrolled flooding ruining one's day.

>>Yeah, the Cecilie/Mount Vernon seemed to lead a charmed life when it came to evading potshots from her own countrymen.<<

It wasn't for lack of trying either.
 
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