RMS Titanic was designed to be one of the most sturdy and innovatively crafted ships as it was referred to as the “unsinkable” ship. She was one of the modern ships for her time and this was depicted by the enormous size of the vessel. Today she remains one of the famous ships in the world. The construction of the vessel began in March 31st 1909 in Belfast Ireland. It was done by Harland &Wolff Company.
The construction of Titanic entailed about 3000 laborers who worked to bring the Vessel to its modern design with approximately 3million rivets used to fasten the hull together. White Star liner was the owner of the vessel and had contracted the Harland & Wolff Company to carry out the construction. It is estimated that the design and eventual construction of RMS Titanic costed $7.5 million to compete.
It took about 3years to finish the work. The vessel had 16 water tight compartments made of steel doors, which were designed to close within 25 seconds to keep any flooding out of the ship’s interior. The design of the ship was looped around making the ship the safest and difficulty to sink at that time, something which was never achieved since it sank only days after it began its first maiden voyage to New York.
White Star Liner, which owned Titanic, had also other acclaimed ships such as the Baltic and the Olympia vessels. White Star Liner was owned by J.P. Morgan who was an American tycoon. RMS initials of the Titanic stand for Royal Mail Steamer. In its construction, the original design of the Titanic vessel was engineered to compete with the Lusitania and Mauretina, which were built by Cunard Line, a rival ship construction company.
The design work of the Titanic was from Lord William Pirrie, and Thomas Andrew, a naval architecture and the Harland Wolf construction manager. Titanic was 882.9 feet and 92 feet wide. It was also 59 feet high from the water level. Its weight was over 46,328 tons making it one of the heaviest ships to be ever constructed. The ship was also equipped with two, 4-cylinders, triple expansion engines. It had one low pressure parson turbine, which was powered by 3 propellers.
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