WILL IT FIT IN MY HARBOUR? RMS TITANIC BY NUMBERS
Breadth 92ft 6 ins
Keel to navigating bridge: 104ft
Keel to top of funnels: 175 ft
Max Speed – 24 knots
Anchors: 5 : including a monster 15.5 tonner.
Rivets used: estimated 3 million
Cost to build: £2million
Passengers actual: 1, cheap 320
Special features: 15 watertight bulkheads
Stretching 882ft long with a 104ft navigating bridge sitting 104ft above the keel, weighing 46,328 tons, and capable of carrying 3,300 passengers. Yet this Leviathan, which then cost £2million to build, had only 20 full-sized life-boats capable of carrying 65 passengers each.
Cutaways and technical illustrations show key machinery and equipment, including features such as the Titanic’s 15 watertight bulkheads that were supposed to make her ‘practically unsinkable’ even when holed.
But they didn’t extend high enough. So the water went over the top and into the next compartment, dragging the ship down. Illustrations also include fatigue cracks in Titanic’s sister ship Olympic – at exactly the point where Titanic broke in two.
A spokeswoman for Haynes said: ‘Most people know us for our car owners’ workshop manuals.
‘But as the centenary of the Titanic’s loss approaches, we thought it fitting that the world’s most famous passenger ship should finally gets the Haynes treatment.
‘We wanted to take people right in to the heart of the ship – behind every nut, bolt and rivet.’
Titanic was the second of the Olympic Class liners.
She wasn’t revolutionary in design, but was remarkable for her size, say the authors: ‘It reveals everything from the opulence of the first class accommodation that made her the talk of Edwardian Britain, to the squalor of the engine rooms, where 48 firemen stoked the fires at any one time. ‘
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