Ten Titanic Construction Facts You Might Like To Know

The Titanic is one of the most talked about shipwrecks throughout the whole of history today and almost 100 years on the fascination with her still continues. To that end I thought I'd put together a list of top Titanic facts which you may not know.

Fact 1: Building The Titanic

The R.M.S Titanic was one of the biggest man made moving objects built at the time of her construction. In all the Titanic required the hands of over 3,000 men and took over 2 years to put together from laying the first keel plate to launching her down the slip way at Queens Island. It took a further 12 months to fit the Titanic out with her luxurious fixtures and fittings including the addition of her 4 large funnels.

Fact 2: The “Fake” Funnel

It's a little known fact that only 3 out of the 4 massive funnels on Titanic actually worked, the fourth funnel was designed purely for aesthetics and for ventilation and was also used for storage. In a few Titanic movies you will see smoke coming from the fourth funnel, this is factually incorrect.

Fact 3: The Loss Of Life

In total 8 men died during the construction of the Titanic, this was actually lower than the industry average in relation to the size of the ship and the overall size of the workforce building her.

Fact 4: The Total Cost Of Titanic

The cost to build Titanic was in the region of $7.5 million which by today's monetary conversion would be in the region of $400 million.

Fact 5: Titanic, One Of 3

It's a common misconception that the Titanic was one of 2 sister ships consisting of the Titanic and the Olympic. However, the Titanic was one of a trio which including the R.M.S Olympic, the R.M.S Titanic and the H.M.H.S Britannic, previously intended to be the R.M.S Britannic.

Fact 6: Titanic, The Second To Be Built

The Titanic was the second ship to be build out of the 3 sister ships. The construction of the Olympic began first just 3 months before the beginning of Titanic's construction. The Olympic was completed and launched in 1910, just two years after her construction began. The third and final ship, Britannic, was completed and launched in 1914 going straight to war serving as a hospital ship.

Fact 7: Riveting Stuff

Over 3 million rivets were used in the construction of Titanic's steel plated hull, at that time welding was not a method used to plate together the hulls of ships.

Fact 8: Earnings Of The Workers

In 1912 the average earnings of a shipyard worker was between £1 and £2, the skilled workers would earn the higher rate and the unskilled workers would earn far less. Riveters were paid for the number of rivets they were able to put in.

Fact 9: The Giant Funnels

The funnels of Titanic measured 62 ft in height and 22 ft in diameter.

Fact 10: Powering Titanic

In order to move Titanic's 46000 tonnes of weight through the water she would require 3 massive engines, 2 reciprocating  and one turbine, these would be powered by 29 boilers and a total of 159 furnaces. In order to power these engines over 600 tonnes of coal would be required per day.

Do you have an additional Titanic facts about her construction to share? If so then please feel free to comment below.

Coming next, our top Titanic launch facts.

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