Something less happy occurred on 13 February 1899. During a fierce blizzard Germanic, weighed down by snow and ice coating her masts and rigging, sank. Fortunately, she was in New York harbor at the time. Ten days later she was refloated and, under her own power, made her way back to the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast for a refit.
Germanic was blessed by a very long life, sailing for British, American, Canadian and Turkish owners. She finally sailed into history in October 1950.
Floating hotels and museum ships aside, only Cunard Line’s Parthia (1870), which ended her days afloat in 1956, served longer than Germanic.
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