Britannic

MV Britannic

The White Star Liner, Britannic was launched in 1929 and incorporated into the Cunard-White Star line in 1934. Her maiden voyage for White Star was on June 28th, 1930 from Liverpool to New York via Glasgow and Belfast. Britannic's maiden voyage for Cunard-White Star was in April 1935 on the route from London to New York via Southampton. From 1935 Britannic began to call at Le Havre also on its way to New York.

Along with her near identical sister ship, Georgic, Britannic became one of the last two White Star liners in service. Britannic continued to serve this route until August 1939 when she was requisitioned by the British government as a troopship.

In same month she was converted to a transport for 3,000 troops. During the war she carried some 180,000 troops and travelled a total of 376,000 miles! In 1947 Britannic was refitted at Liverpool in order to return to peace-time duties. In May 1948 she began to sail the Liverpool-New York route. On 1st June 1950 she collided with the Pioneer Land in the Ambrose Channel but the damage was only slight and she was able to continue her voyage. Although the White Star name had been dropped, Britannic retained the traditional White Star livery of buff and black funnels through out her service with Cunard - a symbolic reminder of what was once Cunard's greatest rival.

On 25th November 1960 she made her last commercial voyage from Liverpool to New York. When Britannic arrived back in Liverpool, on December 4th, she had been sold to a ship breakers and set sail for Inverkeithing on December 16th for scrapping, thus ending any ties Cunard once held with the once powerful White Star Line.