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Published on : Monday, October 17, 2016
The HMHS Britannic or ‘Titanic 2′ has been sunk by a German mine on the Mediterranean in the year 1916 and till then, the ship is lying under the surface for divers to explore.
Authorities in Greece have come up with the idea to turn the ship into a diver’s adventure park in order to earn more revenue from the tourists.
In comparison with Titanic, Britannic has been equipped with a larger engine and double hull by its manufacturer Harland and Wolff. Despite of having more lifeboats onboard, on November 1916, the ship could not help disappearing under the waves, 55 minutes after getting hit by a German mine. It has been found that of all the 1065 passengers and crews onboard, the massive shipwreck only claimed 30 lives.
The broken hospital ship has been rediscovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1975 and the British author Simon Mills bought it for £15,000 in order to reconstruct it for the people to explore.
On October 2016, an international conference has been organised by the authorities in Greece, where divers, researchers, oceanographers and others have gathered under one roof to discuss the future of the ship.
One of the diving club owners of the area, Yiannis Tsavelakos has informed that he has always wanted to organise tours for the travellers to the shipwreck of Britannic and others as these ships are more accessible and better preserved than the famous ‘Titanic’. He has also stated that it has always been his dream to open such an underwater theme park.
According to German diver Derk Remmers, Britannic is an icon and the sight of it is awe-inspiring. He has also added that descending towards the ship itself is an overwhelming experience.
It looks like the travellers are about to experience an amazing phenomena under water very soon.