First photograph of the completed Titanic (1912)

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The Titanic in Belfast - 1912

First photograph of the completed Titanic (March 1912)

First photograph of completed Titanic

New White Star steamship Titanic

While the first photograph of the new steamship Titanic received in New York shows a ship in most respects like the Olympic there is a pronounced difference in the deck, or what is on the Olympic the lower promenade deck. On this deck on the new ship, there is no public promenade at all.

Instead, the staterooms are brought out flush with the outside of the superstructure, and the rooms themselves made much larger. The sitting rooms of some of the suites on this deck are 15 x 15 feet. In fact, this deck is the most luxurious of the vessel.

The restaurant is much larger than that of the Olympic, and it has a novelty in the shape of a private promenade deck on the starboard side, to be used exclusively by its patrons. Adjoining it is a reception room where hosts and hostesses may meet their guests before going into the restaurant.

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Tho biggest novelty is two private promenades connected with the two most luxurious suites on the ship. These suites are about the most expensive ever installed on a ship so far as the passenger is concerned. It will be possible for the occupants to be just as exclusive on shipboard as in their own homes.

The suites are situated about amid-ships, one on either side of the vessel, and each is about fifty feet long. One of the suites comprises a sitting room, two bedrooms and a bath. In one of them, a passenger may disappear upon the ship’s leaving New York and never be seen all the way over, though he will be able to take the air at any time on his own private porch.

Of course one of these private promenades is expensive. The cost figures out something like $40 a front foot for a six day’s voyage. They, with the suites to which they are attached, are the most expensive transatlantic accommodation yet offered.

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One of them together with a servant’s room in another part of the ship is priced at $4,350 for one or two persons. The value at which a private promenade is appraised is indicated by the fact that a similar suite without the porch sells for $2,300.

While the estimated tonnage of the Titanic is 45,000, officials of the White Star line figure out that she will measure over 46,000 tons, which will make her slightly larger than the Olympic with her 45,324 tons.

The Titanic in Belfast - 1912

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