BUILDING THE LEGEND

The Ship was designed by Thomas Andrews for the White Star Line.  Construction began on March 31, 1909 and lasted two years.

LENGTH

882 feet and 9 inches (nearly four city blocks long)

WIDTH

92 feet and 6 inches

HEIGHT

175 feet (11 stories high)

WEIGHT

46,329 tons

SPEED

23 to 24 knots (28 to29 miles per hour)

CAPACITY

3,320 crew and passengers

LIFEBOATS

14 main boats, 2 emergency boats and 4 collapsible (total capacity was 1,178)

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Titanic was the largest Ship built prior to 1912 and the largest moving object built by man.
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MECHANICS

The Titanic had three bronze propellers that weighed a total of 92 tons. Titanic had four funnels, three of which were exhaust vents for the boilers that ran the engines.  The fourth funnel was added to balance the Ship’s profile and make it look grander.

HULL

The Ship was built from 2,000 1-inch thick steel plates held together by more than 3 million rivets.  The hull weighed 26,000 tons.

PORTHOLES

The Ship contained more than 2,000 Portholes.

STAIRCASE

The Grand Staircase went all the way from the boat deck down to the reception room outside the dining saloon on D-deck, and then continued down to E-deck. The staircase was paneled in oak and included a wrought-iron and glass skylight.

SHIP DECOR

The style of the décor included Louis XIV, Empire Italian Renaissance, Georgian, Regence, Queen Ann, and Old Dutch.  It took ten months to decorate Titanic.

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