BIZARRE Facts About The Titanic
Date: 2020-09-09 04:50:56
Things you didn’t know about the Titanic! Interesting facts about the titanic ship and what happened to it
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Although the majority of those working on the ship were people, its completion wouldn’t have been possible without the help of 20 Shire horses. A ship as large as the Titanic needs enormous anchors to hold her down. Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd, an anchor and chain manufacturing company, was commissioned to construct one center anchor and two side anchors for RMS Titanic. The center anchor totalled an incredible 15.5 tons upon completion, and the chains they forged for the ship weighed 100 more. At the time, the center anchor was the largest to ever be forged by hand. Noah Hingley & Sons was located in Netherton, United Kingdom, and the anchor needed to be transported two miles out to the Dudley Railway Station, which is when the horses came into play. It took twenty of the powerful workhorses to pull the anchor to its destination.
Like the size of the anchor suggests, the Titanic was an enormous ship. It was the world’s largest cruise liner at the time of its construction, spanning 882 feet long and 175 feet high. In total, she weighed 46,000 tons. In addition to its sheer size, the Titanic was more luxurious than any other cruise liner, with four elevators, a wireless communications system for transmitting Morse Code, and an advanced electrical control panel. RMS Titanic was capable of carrying 7,703 tons of coal in her bunkers and cargo hold. To power the ship, 176 firemen worked nonstop shovelling 600 tons of coal into the furnaces each day – creating 100 tons of ash daily, which was disposed of in the ocean.
About 26 months after the ship’s keel was laid down – March 31, 1909 – the cruise liner was ready to touch water for the first time. The RMS Titanic was a wonder of its generation and thousands of people wanted to see her launched into the sea. At 12:15 p.m. on May 31, 1911, 100,000 people crowded the Belfast dock in Ireland to watch as the Titanic was moved into the River Lagan [lag-uhn] using 22 tons of tallow and soap to lubricate its slipway. After the launch, she was towed to a deep-water fitting-out berth, where her interior construction was completed over the next year. Once she was finished, the RMS Titanic was brought back to the Belfast dock in preparation for sea trials.