Posted 04 June 2012 - 05:47 PM
In normal civilian service after the loss of the Titanic there would have been a requirement of lifeboats for all.
Obviously this was not practicable when vessels were converted for military service, due to the large numbers of troops on board, particularly on troop ships. In the case of the HMHS Britannic (Titanic's sister-ship), the forty-six planned lifeboats (eventually forty one rigid boats when in military service) were supplemented by another fourteen collapsible lifeboats, and numerous Carley floats stacked at strategic points on the boat deck. As such there would have been more than enough capacity for the approximately four thousand (invalids and crew) on board.