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The beginnings of a great ship destined for disaster

The White Star luxury liners Titanic (left) and Olympic under construction at the Harland & Wolff shipyard, Belfast

Building the Titanic at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

The Titanic just prior to being launched into the River Lagan for towing to a fitting-out berth where her engines, funnels and interiors would be installed, May REUTERS/Library of Congres

One of Titanic's four massive funnels being lifted onto her deck. Only three were required for the coal fires.

A Titanic smokestack being lifted in to place.

Titanic By the Numbers

Titanic By the Numbers Infographic - History Channel.I wonder if the new future Titanic had these similar specs.

White Star Line's Baltic shows her coaling ports

Circa "Troy Line piers; RMS Baltic at White Star Line piers, New York." At the time, the Baltic was the world's largest ship. Panorama of three inch glass negatives, Detroit Publishing Company.

RMS Titanic - The Ships Rudder was 78 feet 8 inches (23.98 m) high and 15 feet 3 inches (4.65 m) long, weighing over 100 tons – that it required steering engines just to move it. It was constructed by the Darlington Forge Company, Ltd., and was of the elliptical type, of solid cast steel, built in five sections.

The 8 inch rudder of RMS Titanic awaiting installation at Harland and Wolff Shipyards in Belfast.

2nd class entrance and stairway

Titanic: Staircase for the class Second class passenger accommodation was to be found over seven decks. Exits were either by the second class grand stairway or an electric elevator which ran up and down all seven decks.