Newspapers in education: Titanic, past and present - week 2

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Newspapers in education: Titanic, past and present - week 2

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:12 am

The decision to build the Titanic was made at a dinner in London in 1907 with Harland and Wolff chairman William James Pirrie and Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line company, in attendance.

American financier JP Morgan, pictured, had taken over the famous White Star Line and was keen that his ships would be the finest in the world.

Lord Pirrie and Ismay talked about this objective and decided that they would construct three ships which would be the largest ever built.

These ships would be called the Olympic, Titanic and Gigantic, though the Gigantic was renamed the Britannic after the Titanic tragically sank.

Having received the order to go ahead with the Olympic and Titanic, Harland & Wolff had to build two new slipways with a huge gantry fitted over the slipways for workers to gain access to the ships to build the spine, steel plates and the hull of each ship.

The Olympic was launched in October 1910, and in May 1911 it was the turn of the Titanic, with the public invited to attend by buying tickets for one shilling each. Around 100,000 were present at the dock as the Titanic slid down the slipway. It was brought to a halt by drag chains and special anchors after travelling less than half her length.

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