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Hand Towel from the Titanic - Great Liners, Great Tragedies, #7 of 100 Bloody Objects

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The early twentieth century was the high point of travel by luxury liner. Yet two world wars saw the roles of these great ships transformed. Their speed and capacity were redirected into troop-carrying and hospital service. The sister ships of the Titanic were employed during World War One: HMHS Britannic sank in the Aegean. There were further tragedies, including the loss of the Lusitania, which helped bring America into the war.

By World War Two, liners were again to achieve a high profile. The ‘Grey Ghost’, The Queen Mary, gained a reputation for repeatedly outwitting the U-Boat menace in the Atlantic. This is the story of those ships and the contribution they made to the history of that time.

So it Goes

Tom Assheton & James Jackson

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