Was the mighty Britannic, sister ship to Titanic always doomed? Everyone knows the story of Titanic, yet there were three Olympic Class Ocean Liners, known as Olympians. Britannic, the last of the three, never served in her role of luxury passenger ship because she was caught in the maelstrom of World War I. Converted to a hospital ship, she should have been protected from attack. Yet on Nov 21, 1916, an explosion ripped a hole in her and she plunged 400 feet into the Aegean Sea at a rate far faster than should have happened. Mystery always surrounded the cause and how she could sink in less than a hour. Lost for 60 years, Jacques Cousteau located her and set into motion a saga of exploration that has included men like Bob Ballard who found Titanic.
Richie Kohler, made internationally famous from the bestseller, Shadow Divers, and co-host of the TV series, "Deep Sea Detectives" has dedicated the last ten years of his life to seeking answers about Britannic. In Mystery of the Last Olympian, he teamed with Charlie Hudson to tell the true story of amazing advances in undersea exploration and the risks teams have taken to explore the wreck of what was at the time the largest ship in the world. If you love maritime history and adventure, you don't want to miss this book.