Building the Titanic

Building the Titanic

An Epic Tale of the Creation of History's Most Famous Ocean Liner

Book - 2005
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It began as a dream: to create the biggest, most luxurious passenger ship the world had ever seen. And, in 1907, the dream came to life with the plan to build the historic Titanic. Financed by billionaire J. P. Morgan for the White Star Company, the Titanic would be the first of three massive ships that would usher in a new era of elegant transatlantic travel. The world watched as the ship took shape in the renowned shipyards of Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland. It would take two years to design and three more years of effort by over 4,000 skilled craftsmen before it sailed on its tragic maiden voyage to New York in 1912. Now, for the first time, thrill to the dramatic history of the creation of this "grand hotel of the high seas" as recorded in Building the Titanic. As lavishly designed as the Titanic itself, with hundreds of blueprints, cross-sections, and rare, haunting photos, this is the First detailed account to tell the amazing story of the design and construction of the ship that has captured our imaginations for decades. Carefully researched, the story is lovingly told--often from the unique perspective of the men and women who actually worked on the ship. Learn about the risks they took and the innovative techniques they employed in Building the Titanic, which brings one of the greatest feats of human engineering to life as no book has ever done before.
Publisher: Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest, c2005.
ISBN: 9780762106899
Branch Call Number: 623.8243 GREEN R
Characteristics: 160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.


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Dec 23, 2011

882 feet long, 175 feet high, weighing 46,428 tons?Titanic was the largest moving man-made object of the day. Staterooms with private promenades, squash courts, a Turkish bath, a Parisian café?Titanic was the most luxurious ship ever built. In that respect, the White Star Line accomplished its goal of building the largest and most impressive sea-going vessel to date. Of course, the ship sinking on its maiden voyage with a loss of 1,500 people was not part of the plan. Building the Titanic is the story of the creation of the great ship. Author Rod Green explores the motives of the ship?s owners (profits and status), the lives of the men who worked in the shipyards (there were 254 recorded accidents during the building of the Titanic; eight men died), and every detail of its construction from the delivery of 45,000 table napkins to the production of a new massive dry dock to hold the ship while it was being built. Rare photographs taken by passengers during the ill-fated voyage and detailed construction plans complete this portrait of Titanic and prove that the ship was mightily impressive indeed, and well deserving of the attention she received even from her very beginning.


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