A Titanic Test

Facts and trivia about the White Star liner built in Belfast

Titanic Facts

· The White Star liner RMS Titanic was launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard on May 31, 1911.

· She was the largest ship in the world at the time at more than 46,000 gross tons.

· Titanic was 882.5 feet long, 92.5 feet wide and 60.5 feet from her boat deck to the waterline.

· She was licensed to carry 2,603 passengers and a crew of 944, a total of 3,547 people. On her maiden voyage there were 2,228 passengers and crew aboard but lifeboat accommodation for only 1,178.

· Titanic concluded sea trials on April 2, 1912, arriving at Southampton around midnight on April 3. She left the port on April 10, 1912, on her maiden voyage, bound first for Cherbourg in France and then Queenstown, now Cobh, in what is now the Republic of Ireland.

· Her fateful collision with an iceberg happened at 11.40pm on April 14. She had been travelling at 22 knots at the time. At 2.20am on April 15, the liner sank.

· 1,523 passengers and crew members perished. Only 705 survivors, afloat in the ship's lifeboats, were rescued by the Cunard liner, Carpathia.

· The wreck of the Titanic was located by a joint French and American team on September 1, 1985, in a depth of 12,500 feet (almost 2.5 miles) of water around 350 miles off Newfoundland.

Titanic Trivia

· The 1997 Broadway show, Titanic the Musical, cost $10 million to produce – $2.5 million more than the actual ship.

· Titanic was roughly three times the width of Belfast's City Hall. If you stood the ship on its end, it was taller than any skyscraper of the day and six times the size of New York's Statue of Liberty.

· The liner's nine decks contained three libraries, a gymnasium, a squash court, a Turkish bath, a pitch and putt course and a 33-foot indoor swimming pool.

· Titanic's great rudder alone weighed 101 tons.

· Famously only three of the ship's four funnels were functional, the rear stack was merely for aesthetic show.

· Her 29 coal burning boilers produced steam to power two reciprocating engines and a low-pressure turbine which together manufactured 66,000 horsepower.

· American millionaires John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim paid $4,000 for their suites. In today's terms that equates to around $70,000.

· The musical rage of the time was ragtime with popular songs such as ‘Navaho Rag’.

· 1912 also saw Chevrolet produce its first car, the invention of mayonnaise, the first parachute jump from an airplane and the production of the first issue of Pravda, the old Soviet Communist party's newspaper.