Birth of the Titanic

By | Sep 20, 2015

On March 31, 1909 at the shipyards of Harlan and Wolff, in Belfast Ireland, the keel of the Titanic was laid. This can be considered the birth of the ship. Thomas Andrews, the managing director of Harland and Wolff, was the ship’s chief designer. He spend many hours with the ship, including going on its maiden voyage.

The ship was built as part of the White Star Lines and part of their Olympic Class liners. There was three Olympic Class ships, the Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. The Titanic was the second of the three ships.

The approval of the designs of the Titanic was on July 29, 1908.

The Olympic was launched on October 20, 1910 and until the launch of the Titanic on May 31, 1911 it was the world’s largest ship.

Originally the date for the maiden voyage of the Titanic was to begin on March 20, 1912, but when the Olympic was damaged on September 20, 1911, it was decided to set back the date until April 10, 1912.

On March 31, 1912 the fitting of the Titanic was completed. The ship began sea trails three days later on April 2nd.


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