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I purchased a rare photo of the Britannic on ebay back in early Jan. (finally got to scanning it)It said in the description that the photo is a lifeboat drill. It looks to me like she's being loaded with coal or something. I was wondering if anyone can confirm this or give a date on the photo.
 
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Good suggestion Paul! I was about to make the same myself. I'd love to see the photograph, and there are a ton of experts here who can positively identify it for you, Chris.

Good luck and I hope to see it somewhere soon!
 
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Wow, Chris.

That's definitely new to me. I can't tell because your mark goes across the bridge area, but could you tell us if the number says either G618 or G610. That could help determine the timeframe of this picture. I'm sure there's other clues in the image, but the reg. number below the bridge is all I know to look for.
 

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It was taken in Southampton in January 1916. The photo appears on the back cover of Chirnside's "The Olympic Class Ships" and also on page 259.
 
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>>The photo appears on the back cover of Chirnside's "The Olympic Class Ships" and also on page 259.<<

Yeesh. I got that book last week and even saw the picture. But did I make a connection? NO. How unobservant can 1 get? LOL

Thanks Steve for pointing that out. BTW, are you doing any more Britannic CG recreations?
 
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**ADDENDUM TO MY POST #148 ABOVE**

When I posted the reg. number as being G610 I was meaning to post G608. Yeesh, I'm just not with it this week.
 

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>>Thanks Steve for pointing that out.<<<
Not a problem.

>> BTW, are you doing any more Britannic CG recreations?<<

Actually, I haven't really stopped. I have been painstakingly "fine-tuning" the Organ Bulkhead so it actually matches to the artist's rendering.... I had to basically start the entire bulkhead from scratch... and the final rendering is giving all the wood work a red hue, and it looses its golden hues. But perhaps we should discuss this in the proper thread.

Steve
 
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>>But perhaps we should discuss this in the proper thread.<<

Agreed. Will try to post there tomorrow. Can't wait to see what you've come up with.
 
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Chris,
I have seen your Britannic photo (4 x 3 inch) at least twice on ebay. The first time (November 2003) it was still part of a photo album collected and taken by Dr. D. Wilson one of the doctors who worked on the hospital trains that served Britannic when she arrived in port.

The description on ebay when this photo was resold separately (July 2005) read "that Britannic is coaling here at Southampton sometime between January and May 1916 - the big thing at her starboard side amidships is a floating mechanical coal staithe which is coaling her so that she can sail again to Mudros and collect more injured soldiers from Gallipoli. To her left and just visible is HMHS Aquitania,
with a smaller hospital ship (probably the St Andrew or St george - its number is D68)
- Britannic is marked as G608 - a number she held for only a short while.
At least one of the coaling ports is open forward of the coal staithe and her sides
are marked with coal dust and rust."

When you bought it on ebay (January 2006) I must have missed it. Anyhow this photo has a long history on ebay.

Hope this information is useful for you.

Axel
 
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