Timeline Article: Construction Begins: Titanic's Keel Plate is Laid

On March 31, 1909, the ship workers lay Titanic's first keel plate next to Olympic. As the construction gets underway, the White Star Line prepares the world for the first ocean liners to exceed 40,000 tons. These ships will have no end of elegant detail.

Titanic's keel (left) being laid next to Olymipc's. (right)

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An extensive timeline of Titanic's construction.