The RMS Titanic
cost an incredible 1.5 million pounds
to build in 1909; roughly 120 million pounds in today's figures. It took 15,000 men to build the ship at Harland & Wolff
The White Star Line company who owned The Titanic's sister ships The Olympic
and The Britannic
, wanted to build a bigger and better model, concentrating on luxury and decadence in an attempt to attract the world's wealthiest passengers on board
. The ship ended up weighing almost 47,000 tons, and was a staggering 882 feet long and 92 feet wide. With a capacity to sail at 23 knots, the ship was home to 840 cabins, most of them decorated in splendour and opulence
with all modern conveniences that had never been available on a ship before.
What happened the Titanic?
Titanic set sail from Southampton UK, in April, 1912
, with over 100,000 spectators cheering it on. Its intended destination was New York. The shipbuilding staff and engineers were confident that Titanic was unsinkable because of its sheer strength and enormity, but it met with tragedy only four days into the journey
At 11.40p.m. the ship ran into an iceberg that was 100 feet high. The iceberg ripped a 240 foot gash through the side of the hull
. In two and a half hours, the ship had sunk, its colossal bow and stern
splitting in two on the way down. More than 1,500 people perished in the minus two degrees freezing water. Ever since then, The Titanic burial ground
has been of global interest with many wanting to access the site and its hidden treasures.
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