The RMS Titanic, launched in April 1912, is one of the most famous of the mighty ocean liners on which the rich and famous plied the seas in an era before British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown made their first pioneering non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919. A Royal Mail Ship built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland as the pride of the White Star Line with the finest modern luxuries of her era, Titanic departs from Southampton, England with additional passengers boarded at Cherbourg, France and Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland en route to New York City.
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Other Titanic landmarks include Cape Race, a Marconi station in Newfoundland as the first point of radio contact in the New World for the inbound luxury liner, marine museums devoting permanent exhibits to this famous ship and various memorials to Titanic passengers and crew.
RMS Titanic is, as of the time of its construction, the largest ship ever built, nearly 900 feet long and 25 stories high. The pride of J. Bruce Ismay and the White Star Line, this elegant 46,000-ton luxury ocean liner was launched in April 1912 with sixteen watertight compartments in the lower section which can be sealed individually with the intention that the mighty ship remain afloat even on collision with another vessel, providing plenty of time to summon assistance with the state-of-the-art five kilowatt Marconi wireless telegraph apparatus.
This magnificent steamship, constructed at an estimated cost of £1,564,000 and travelling with an 885-person crew, is equipped with every luxury and built to serve a clientèle which includes many famous millionaires. Titanic’s maximum total capacity is 3547 passengers, her port of registry is Liverpool. She carries the sixteen lifeboats required by regulations and an additional four collapsible lifeboats; these twenty boats can carry a combined maximum of 1098 people.
Trans-Atlantic travel is offered in first, second and third-class price ranges, with the first class offering the most extensive amenities: a squash court, gymnasium, Turkish bath, heated salt-water swimming pool, deck games such as ring toss or shuffleboard, a fully stocked library, a variety of cafés and lounges, and dining halls where first class passengers may dine in opulence. Even the facilities in third class are excellent compared to those of other ocean liners of the era.
One way fares for the trans-Atlantic crossing (1912 currency) are a not-insubstantial £870 for a First Class parlour suite, £30 for a First Class berth, £12 for Second Class and a somewhat more economical £3 to £8 for Third Class. Constructed by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, the RMS Titanic departs Southampton to speed the well-to-do and many emigrants on their way toward New York City. The maiden voyage in April 1912 will have 2,228 people on board including notables such as John Jacob Astor, the wealthiest man in the world.