5. Construction of the Titanic
When the Titanic and her sister ship Olympic were constructed, they were the largest ships ever created. At that time there were no slipways that could accommodate their construction. So, in order to move forward, the company had to build a giant slipway first. The slipway was called the “Great Gantry” and it cost about $150,000.
6. The Stern & Rudder
The rudder is one of the essential parts of the ship which is used to steer the gigantic vessel. The rudder of the RMS Titanic was massive and it weighed over 20,000 pounds.
7. Titanic at Dock: Moments Before the Maiden Voyage
When compared to all the other ships at the dock, Titanic truly stood out. But, moving the gigantic structure from land into the water was quite an exhausting process. The process itself actually lasted for only 62 seconds, but, in order to complete it, 23 tons of lubricants were required. Train oil, soap, and grease were used as lubricants.
8. Sailing Out of Belfast
RMS Titanic left Belfast with the help of tugboats. Five tugboats were required to guide the large vessel out of the dock. This was done during a sea trial, which is one of the testing phases near the end of a ship’s construction.