Titanic's Tragic Sister History Channel


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"Titanic's Tragic Sister", documenting the 2006 Britannic Expedition led by John Chatterton and Richie Kohler will premiere on the History Channel in the USA on October 14th at 9:00 PM (E/P).

Trailers and behind-the-scenes videos can be seen at www.lonewolfdg.com.

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I visited the site, and the special looks like it will be amazing. The trailers were just long enough to get us salivating.

Any idea when it will be shown on History Channel Canada?
 
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Parks:"Titanic's Tragic Sister", documenting the 2006 Britannic Expedition led by John Chatterton and Richie Kohler will premiere on the History Channel in the USA on October 14th at 9:00 PM (E/P).<<

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I've always wanted to see more of the Britannic dive footage. I miss The Deepsea Detectives. Thanks for the info Parks.
 
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I seem to be missing some piece of programming that will allow me to view the preview video.

I get a Quicktime error message that also says that "Unfortunately the...(thing I need, whatever it is), is unavailable through Quicktime.

Any suggestions? If not, no big deal. I'll just wait and see previews as they come up on the History Channel.
 
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Michael. Don't feel too apologetic about having to record these programs and watch them afterward. You are usually better off doing that anyway. In my old age these days I have zero tolerance for commercials which make up a little more than 1/3 of the total viewing time here in the US and is highly repetitive with same promos repeated again, and again, and again, and...throughout the program slot time. Just about everything I watch on the tube lately has been DVRed beforehand so I can later play the show back at my convenience and fast forward through all the boring stuff, including repetitive content showing the same scenes over and over and over, again and again and again...within the show itself. If I happen to watch something in real time, such as a sporting event, I'll hit the mute button during a screaming commercial or go off and see what's doing on another channel or two for the 3 minutes or so.
 
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I hear that, Sam!

I find some of the commercials to be irritating as well. One that really drives me up the wall is that autism message which starts with some winsome little girl screeching her way through "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and I've seen that a lot on the History Channel.

It has me diving for the MUTE button at warp speed.

Most of the others don't bother me, but I would wish they wouldn't eat up so much of what could be devoted to quality time. Still, if it wasn't for the sponsors, there wouldn't be a program to watch. I just wish there was more of the program to watch, and less plugging for anti-perspirant and Viagra®
 
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That's funny Michael and Samuel.

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"- uhhh I've seen that jewel who hasn't. I'll tell you whats worse. My daughter who's two saw that commercial and now it's Twinkle, Twinkle little star. She mimics the little girl in the commercial perfectly too.
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I think they should do more dives to Britannic. Not only is she an intriguing shipwreck in her own right but she's a near mint condition twin of her sister Titanic.
 
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I think they should do more dives to Britannic.

I believe that the upcoming History Channel show will demonstrate why Britannic is much more than Titanic's younger sister (despite the somewhat misleading title picked by the network's marketing department). The exploration of the wreck in 2006 covered a lot of ground, but also left the door open for continued exploration. I believe that the show will satisfy your curiosity in some areas, but also leave you hungry for what could still be. I know that after our last dive, I already had the next dive's target list drawn up. One of these days, I hope to put that plan into action.

While we were on Kea Island last year filming that expedition, Simon Mills was at the same time laying the groundwork for the Britannic Foundation. One of the main purposes of the Foundation is to make future exploration of the wreck easier by coordinating diving permits with the Hellenic government.

We are definitely going back. The only question is when.

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Great Parks,

As I stated not only is the Britannic a Near (in better condition) Twin of Titanic but it has an interesting history in its own right that often overlooked in favor of her more famous sister ship Titanic. Glad there is to be more study on Britannic.
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8 more days til "Titanic's Tragic Sister", and I'm counting 'em down believe me. I can't wait and wonder what will be discussed on the documentary? I know a lot of the fine features were taken out of the ship when she was turned into a hospital ship. What was still on board when she was sunk. In other words what was changed when she was converted from a passenger ship to a hospital ship. I want to be in the know when the program airs.

Don't care if the Documentary is geared to the mental in take of a 13 year old. Still gonna watch it. Shoot half of you I know who've read my postes would say "Don't worry George you'll enjoy the show just fine."
 
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George, apparently there wasn't much much on board as far as any kind of furnishings or luxuries. That all was removed (or never entered the ship in the first place) to make room for gourneys, medical supplies, cots/beds, etc. I'd imagine a lot of it was a very bland white, sterile environment.

www.hospitalshipbritannic.com will give you a lot of info and also includes pictures of the interior. A VERY recommended resource for anyone interested in Britannic. It will also show you the changes to Britannic during it's conversion from RMS to HMHS. Hope you find what you're looking for.
 
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Thanks Matthew,

For the info and links.

I really wanted to know what The Britannic had on her in furnishings when she sank. I knew it was mostly hospital equipment. I really wondered if she had the grand staircase and any luxury built in decorations, or had they been stripped? I knew she had just been finished when she was converted to a hospital ship.

To bad she's laying on her side. Britannic is in such better condition then her sister Titanic. I love looking at the photos from various dives to her and the fact that you can dive to Britannic and walk on her decks. Well not very well unless you walk side ways. I don;t know she just seems more welcoming then Titanic. Titanic looks like it rests on another planet and hardly looks like herself anymore. Britannic looks like she's sleeping and dreaming pleasant dreams while Titanic looks dead and rotted. I wax lyrical I know but that's just how I see it. Britanic is like in a time capsule.
 
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They were practically twins as far as the exterior, but very different on the technical end. Britannic was graced with a double-bottom hull and her watertight compartments were extended upward substantially. Of course, there was the addition of lifeboats and the then-experimental gantry davits. Check me on this, but I believe Britannic was also the first Olympic class to use the turbine engine versus the reciprocating engines that Olympic and Titanic had.

As far as furnishings go, there really wasn't any that we know of besides the hospital stuff that I described above. I'm sure there were desks and chairs for writing/reading, and surely tables and chairs for sitting down to eat, but nothing ornate. I believe I read in one of Simon Mills' books that the swimming pool was running and the medical staff would sometimes enjoy taking a refreshing dip when off duty. This is either from a Simon Mills book or Violet Jessop's memoirs.

There was indeed a staircase of some sort where the Grand Staircase would have been, and there was a dome. The staircase, as far as I've been told, was never graced with the ornate woodwork and wrought-iron. There is only one picture that I know of that has Britannic's staircase in it and it's of two or three nurses standing on the landing of the staircase where the clock would go, and you really can't tell much from the photo about the staircase itself.

The dome is gone. Simon Mills made a point of getting someone in to look for the dome because he really hoped it would be found intact but when the divers got in there they found that it had shattered, probably upon impact with the bottom of the channel. You also have to remember that shortly after being launched from Harland&Wolff, the Britannic sat there for quite a while without hardly anything being done to her before she was reassagined to the British Royal Navy as a hospital ship. I doubt the interior of the Britannic looked much different than any other big infirmary. Not much to look at.

Like I say, go through www.hospitalshipbritannic.com and read through all the info there. It can tell you much, much more than I can. Hope some of this helps.
 
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The Britannic had the same arrangement of engines as the Olympic and Titanic; namely, two four-cylinder reciprocating engines sending their exhaust steam to the low pressure center turbine.
 

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