Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The Titanic began at a dinner party when two people named J. Bruce Ismay and Lord Pirrie, head of Harland and Wolff in Ireland. Along with the Titanic, Harland and Wolff planned on building two other ships the Olympic and the Gigantic in 1907.
Titanic started construction in 1911. She was 882 feet long, 90 feet wide and 11 stories high. Titanic took 1 year to complete in construction. She had 3 million rivets in her hull. On January 7th, 1911, Titanic was launched, but it was just an empty hull. Titanic went to dry dock, where they drained out the water and built the inside and put on the propellers. They also painted her and put in the furniture, boilers, and engines. Some of her rooms on her were a lounge, Turkish Bath, Grand staircase, Aft Staircase, and the Smoking room. She could have room for 2,200 on board. Her captain was E.J. Smith. Titanic was going to have three funnels, but Lord Pirrie thought four would be grander. Ismay and Andrews, the designers of the ship were also passengers on the ship. Titanic was finally ready on April 1st, 1912. She was 882 ½ feet long, 90 feet wide and 11 stories high.