Britannic was the youngest of the three Olympic class vessels of the White Star Line - Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. Its maiden voyage took place on February 26, 1914, after work on the ship ceased for some time following the Titanic disaster. On-board entertainment is to this day an important element for luxury passenger liners. The Titanic for example had no less than four pianos and one grand piano. No surprise then that the third ship of the Olympic class - Britannic - planned the installation of a Welte Philharmonic Organ - raising the stakes even higher.
The outbreak of the First World War, however, prevented these plans from ever becoming reality. Construction on the interior was stopped and the Britannic was never used as a passenger liner, but rather served for some 16 months following the start of the First World War on November 13, 1915 as a hospital ship for the British navy. It set sale for England on December 11, 1915 and was officially commissioned on December 23. It did not server long, however; the Britannic hit a German mine on November 21, 1916 and sank off the coast of the Greek Isle of Kea (Tzia) in the Aegean.