The Blood, Sweat & Tears of Building the Titanic...
For an interesting then and now comparison of the Harland &
Wolff Dock (Belfast), where Titanic was built, take a look at the video clip (below)...
For those seeking further background to the
fascinating story of Titanic Blood and Steel, then the history channel provides one of the best on-line
resources (see video below)...
Titanic Blood and Steel is based on the drama surrounding the building of the
Titanic by Harland and Wolff in Belfast. When launched on 13th May 1911, Titanic was the largest man made (moving)
object to have been built - clearly a triumph of marine engineering.
Witnessed by over 100,000 people, Titanic was launched into the River Lagan. The
launch itself was a carefully planned exercise and it was testament to all involved that it went so
The newTitanic Visitors Centre (open from 31st March 2012) is located on part of the Harland & Wolff site and
will be attracting tourists to the birthplace of Titanic in this centenary year of the maiden
The immense scale of the Titanic propulsion system can be seen in this photograph
(above), of shipbuilders standing in the dry dock, next to the rudder and port screw (propellor) of the Titanic.
The Titanic had three screws, one on each side of the rudder and one located centrally, with the stern of the liner
designed to acomodate this (see below).
The massive steel rudder of the Titanic dwarfs the shipyard worker in this
photograph. Note also the steam traction engine on the dockside in the top right of the picture.