History of the Titanic

History of the Titanic

Titanic Background

Early in 1908 officials of the White Star Company announced that they would eclipse all previous records in shipbuilding with a vessel of staggering dimensions. The Titantic would be its name. Lord Pirrie (chairman of Harland & Wolff shipbuilders) and J.Bruce Ismay (director of the White Star Line) had concocted a plan to build three enormous ships which would become the talk of the industry and would outdo the RMS Lusitania and the RMS Mauretania, the recently-unveiled marvels of White Star's chief competitor, Cunard Line.
The keel of the ill fated ship was laid in the summer of 1909 at the Harland & Wolff yards, Belfast. Lord Pirrie considered one of the best authorities on shipbuilding in the world was the designer. The leviathan was launched on 31st of may, 1911, and was completed in February, 1912, at a cost of $10,000,000.
The Titanic, largest liner in commission, was a sister ship of the Olympic. The registered tonnage of each vessel is estimated as 45,000, but officers of the White Star Line say that the Titanic measured 45, 328 tons. The Titanic was commanded by Captain E.J. Smith, the White Star admiral, who had previously been on the Olympic.