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Building the Titanic steamship

The world’s largest vessel, the Titanic, now being built

Medford Mail Tribune (Medford, Oregon) January 04, 1910

Here is an architectural picture of the steamship Titanic, which is being built for the White Star line at Belfast; also a view of the giant steel “cradle” in which the ship is being constructed.

The keel of the steamship is seen in the lower photograph. The White Star company is to have two of these leviathans, and they will be in commission early in 1911. Their launching will signalize a most important era in marine achievement, for they will be, by all odds, the largest vessels in the world.

The Titanic and Olympic will each be 800 feet in length, 92 feet beam, 45,000 tons register and 60,000 tons displacement. These enormous dimensions are best expressed in comparisons. The Washington Monument is 555 feet high, and the Metropolitan Tower in New York city rises 700 feet.


The combined tonnage of the Olympic and Titanic far exceeds the tonnage of all the vessels engaged on both sides in the historic conflict of the Spanish armada, and it is even more interesting to know that the Santa Maria was only 60 feet long and 233 tons burden, yet on this vessel, Columbus journeyed to the new world.

Titanic: 45,000 ton monster ready for service

The Tacoma Times (Tacoma, Wash.) March 04, 1912

Only the other day, the Lusitania and her the Mauretania were the world wonder sisters of the briny. Now they must yield the palm to a new pair of marine twins: the Olympic and the Titanic. This pair has just been filled out by the completion of the Titanic, the Olympic being already in commission.

The Titanic, which is shown here lying at the dock at Belfast preparatory to her trials, is 882 feet long and of 92 feet beam. She is nearly 100 feet longer than any other ship in the world except her sister — and her tonnage of 45,000 is 13,000 in excess of that of the biggest of rival liners. Her engines — 50,000 horsepower — are both turbine and reciprocating, are expected practically to eliminate vibration.

She has accommodations for 5,000 passengers. She cost $7,500,000. The Titanic is not a speed marvel — she makes but 21 knots as against the Mauretania’s 25 — but she is the last word in the way of comfort and luxury in trans-Atlantic travel.

Titanic during construction

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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 Titanic in Belfast - 1912

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.

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.

Titanic propeller - Ready to be launched from Belfast

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

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.

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