Titanic’s Construction Begins
It was March 31, 1909, when the construction of Titanic, one of the most famous ships in history, officially began in Belfast, Ireland’s Harland & Wolff shipyard.
The head of the drafting department of Harland and Wolff, naval architect James Andrews, was the individual who laid the first keel plate, convinced that they were about to build an “unsinkable” ship.
Part of the White Star Lne, Titanic was manufactured side-by-side with its sister ship, Olympic, by over 3,000 workers.
The Magnitude of Building the World’s Largest Ship
It took almost three years to build the largest ship afloat at the time. Once Titanic was finished at the shipyard, the next big challenge was moving the enormous project from land into the sea.
Keeping in mind that Titanic was 269 meters (over 882 feet) in length and weighed 52,310 tons, maneuvering the ship into the water required the use of 23 tons of train oil, grease and soap.
Titanic’s sea trials began on April 2, 1912.
The Power Behind the Ship
Titanic had four funnels, or smokestacks. Three of them were fully functional, while the fourth was built solely for aesthetic reasons to help in making the ship look grand and impressive.
It also had three powerful propellers, two with three-meter-long blades (10 feet) and a central prop with four shorter blades that were “just” 1.8 meters (6 feet) long.
Each of Titanic’s propellers was powered by a separate engine, creating a total of 30,000 horsepower worth of thrust.