**For Public Dissemination**
**Please Note** This event has concluded. Thank you to everyone who joined in remembering the tragic events of the HMHS Britannic. All QSL’s which have been received have been responded to at this time. If you sent a card and DID NOT receive one back, please use the contact form below to inquire further. Thank You!
On November 21, 1916, The HMHS Britannic was traveling in the Kea Channel off the Greek island of Kea when it struck an underwater mine. 55 minutes after the explosion, the Britannic sank, claiming the lives of 30 of the 1065 souls on board. The Britannic was the largest ship to lost in World War One.
The Britannic was owned by the White Star Line, and was a sister ship of the Olympic, and Titanic. Unlike the Titanic, Britannic’s design had 6 bulkheads which extended to B Deck to would prevent flooding in the instance of a breach of the hull. Britannic also had adequate lifeboats installed along with a double hull alongside the engine and boiler rooms.
The Britannic was originally purposed for trans-atlantic travel, however shortly after completion, was requisitioned for use in World War One as a hospital ship. The Britannic was retrofitted in order to accompany of capacity of 3309 wounded individuals.
To this day, the Britannic lies in 400 feet of water. Any divers wishing to explore the wreck must receive permission first from the British and Greek Governments due to the Britannic being listed as a British war grave.
Nathan, KC9HYY, will be active as KC9HYY/WSL3 (White Star Line #3) from November 20, 2015 at 0000 UTC to November 25, 2015 at 2359 UTC. Opertions will be on 40m, 20m, 15m, and 10m using the modes of SSB and PSK31 with the possibility of CW. A special event QSL is available for the event. To obtain a QSL, please send an QSL card with SASE to the following address:
Britannic 2015 SES
ATTN Nathan Banks
PO BOX 324
Muskego WI, 53150
Please send all QSL’s prior to December 15, 2015 as cards will be ordered a short time later. All mail postmarked after December 15 will be responded to as supplies last. If you miss the deadline, please contact Nathan to ensure QSL cards are still available.
Any questions relating to the HMHS Britannic event may be directed to Nathan by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.