The Titanic leaves on her maiden voyage (1912)

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Liner sucked from pier

New York almost hits giant Titanic as latter sails

Southampton, England; April 10, 1912 —  Another example of the suction caused by a great steamship, similar to what is said to have resulted in the collision of the Olympic and the British cruiser Hawke near here on September 20, 1911, was given here today, when the new White Star liner Titanic, the largest vessel afloat, sailed on her first voyage for New York.

As the Titanic was passing the White Star liner Oceanic and the American Line steamer New York, which are berthed alongside each other in Southampton, the terrific suction of the Titanic’s screws dragged the New York from her moorings, and seven of that vessel’s stern ropes parted. The stern of the American liner swung into midstream and narrowly missed striking the passing Titanic, which was obliged to stop while the New York was towed off to a safer berth.

The new liner carries 350 first class passengers. There was a large crowd present to witness her departure, and enthusiastic cheers were raised as she left.

The Titanic is 882 feet 6 inches long, has a beam of 92 feet 6 inches, displaces 66,000 tons, and is of 46,000 tons net register. She can carry 3,000 passengers — 600 in the saloon, 500 in the second cabin, and 1,900 in the steerage — while she has a crew of 860.

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