It’s been a while since “Britannic-2014″ expedition has ended, but the impressive amount of the video materials gathered lets researchers continue with their studies even today. We now take a look at some of the best pictures made during the mission.
British historian Simon Mills (who also owns the legal title to the wreck) knows it all about HMHS Britannic. All and even more! He analysed the materials shoot underwater and commented on the pictures of the wreck downloaded a bit further down.
Britannic’s bow, with evidence of the damage that this part of the ship sustained as she was sinking. The removable railings around the sixteen-ton anchor have fallen towards the seabed.
View of Britannic’s stern from the submersible. The permanent structure on the poop was originally intended as the third-class Smoke Room, which actually served as the RAMC officers’ Smoke Room when the ship was in military service. The structure above is the docking bridge; the iron frame is still firmly attached to the structure, but the pine deck has rotted away and the docking bridge machinery (engine telegraphs and compass) have now detached and fallen towards the seabed.
View from above the forward end of the officers’ deck house on the Boat Deck. The roof above the wheel house was made of wood and any remaining traces have now rotted away, but the roof above the chart room (immediately aft of the wheelhouse) was made of metal and remains in situ. The square openings aft of the chart room are part of the Fidley cover over the forward fan trunk, leading to Boiler Room No. 6.
Britannic’s port anchor (Dreadnought stockless type), weighed all of nine tons. The starboard anchor weighed eleven tons and the additional Hall’s patent stockless anchor, located in a well at the tip of the foc’sle, weighed sixteen tons.
The intact roof above the chart room. As on the Titanic the pine wood has been eaten away, but the ridges of caulking between the individual wooden planks remain, giving the impression (from a distance) of the wood still being in quite good condition.
Britannic’ telemotor, manufactured by Brown Bros., of Rosebank, Glasgow. The ship was steered from this position when on the open sea; the only time the ship’s wheel on the bridge was used was usually when the vessel was in piloted waters. Some of the floor tiles (standard White Star Line red and white pattern) remain attached, but fewer than I recall seeing back in 1998.
Indication of just how structurally intact the wreck of the HMHS Britannic really is after ninety-eight years on the seabed. Britannic’s rudder weighed something in the region of 109 tons and is turned slightly to port.
When the weather was showing its character, reserarchers investigated the island and talked to its inhabitants. Although a lot of them know that Britannic is lying a couple of miles away, there’s still much to be told about her glorious story.