Timeline Article: TITANIC - The Largest Ship in the World is Completed!

Sunday, March 31, 1912

TITANIC, the largest liner in the world is completed.
At 882 feet 9 inches long and 92 feet 6 inches wide, she had the same dimensions as her older sister. Her hull was built with two thousand, one inch thick steel plates, held together with over three million rivets. Her Gross Registered Tonnage is 46,383 tons, just a 2% increase over Olympic at 45,324 tons, making Titanic the larger ship.

Titanic's Central Anchor

Titanic had three main anchors, one for each side of the bow, and with a central anchor stored in reserve on the forecastle deck. The port and starboard bow anchors weighed 7 7/8 tons each, and the central anchor weighing 15 3/4 tons. The bow anchors were raised and lowered with 96 tons of anchor chain.

29 boilers will produce enough steam to power her three story tall reciprocating engines and single turbine, generating up to 46,000 horsepower total. The port and starboard reciprocating engines turned the outer wing propellers, both at 23ft. in diameter, and the single turbine turned the center propeller which was 16ft. in diameter. Titanic and Olympic were called "triple screw steamers" because they were equipped with three propellers.

Boilers waiting to be installed on Olympic and Titanic.

Titanic's Engines waiting to be installed.

Titanic's Central Turbine Rotor at Harland and Wolff.

Olympic's Triple Screws. Almost identical to Titanic's.
Titanic had a 3-bladed central screw.

The cost of building and equipping Titanic came to 1.5 million British Pounds,
or 7.5 million U.S. Dollars. 
Based on an average inflation rate of 3% per year since 1912,
Titanic would cost around 238 billion dollars by today's standards.

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Just how big was Titanic? Here she is by the numbers.