Titanic: What Happend?

Ship ConstructionConstruction of Titanic took over a year and 14,000 men to fully complete. Construction began on March 31, 1909 and continued over a year until October of 1910, when Titanic was complete. Large steel plates and rivets were used to keep structural integrity throughout the ship. Over three million rivets were used when bolting all the steel in place on Titanic.

The engines of Titanic were so powerful, they needed nearly 160 furnaces, piled high with coal, to keep the ship powered and moving. The engines were the largest ever built at the time, fitting out to be forty feet tall and nine feet in diameter. This ship was built encompassing 29 boilers, which contained the furnaces used for power. These boilers were also massive, each coming in at about 2 stories tall.

Ship Hull Constrction

Separating the compartments of Titanic were 15, watertight bulkheads that created 16 compartments. The plan for Titanic was that four compartments could be flooded and the ship should be able to sail as it did before. This is where the largely accepted idea that Titanic was considered “virtually unsinkable.” However, there was a main problem with the bulkheads, they only reached 10 feet above the waterline. The fatal flaw allowed for water to reach from one compartment to the others, in turn, defeating the entire purpose of the bulkheads.

Moving on from structural properties, the interior work was made specifically for Titanic. All the interior pieces such as the furniture and decor was made either specifically for Titanic or brand new. Everything inside the ship was made and designed to make passengers as comfortable and satisfied throughout the entirety of the ship’s course. Although Titanic’s building process was completed in October of 1910, the ship only completed its sea trials on April 2, 1912, which finally deemed it “sea worthy.” Only eight short days later the Titanic would set sail on its very first, and last, maiden voyage.