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An insight into the design, construction and operation of the most famous passenger ship of all time.
Titanic - the second of the Olympic class liners - was not revolutionary in design, but was remarkable for her size. She measured 882ft gin from stem to stern, her navigating bridge towered 104ft above the keel, and she could carry more than 3,300 passengers and crew. With a gross tonnage of 46,328 tons, Titanic sacrificed speed in favour of size and luxury, space and comfort on the North Atlantic passenger route.
Titanic's 15 watertight bulkheads were said at the time to make the ship 'practically unsinkable'. But these bulkheads did not extend high enough, and this, along with insufficient lifeboats, proved to be her Achilles' heel. On her maiden voyage across the North Atlantic in 1912, Titanic struck an iceberg and sank with heavy loss of life.
VVith an authoritative text supported by almost 200 illustrations, you can read how this Leviathan of the seas was built, launched and fitted out, understand the complexities of her massive engine room, and appreciate the lavish passenger accommodation that was the talk of Edwardian Britain. You can also read about the captain's many responsibilities and discover how the chief engineer kept the mighty ship and its systems running.
The Haynes RMS Titanic Manual offers a rare and fascinating insight into the design, construction and operation of one of the greatest passenger ships of the 20th century.
Richard P. de Kerbrech BSc, Cert Ed, I Eng, served his marine engineering apprenticeship with Shaw, Savill & Albion shipping company. He was an inspector at the Admiralty Marine Engineering Establishment before becoming a lecturer in Mechanical and Production Engineering. He is the author of more than 12 books on maritime history. He lives on the Isle of VVight.
David Hutchings I Eng, MRINA, served his shipwright apprenticeship in the Royal Dockyard at Portsmouth. He followed a career as a draughtsman, weights engineer and technical librarian in the Royal Dockyard, at the Admiralty Experimental Works, Haslar, with Vosper International and Marconi Underwater Systems, and finally with Vosper Thomycroft. He is the author of nine books on maritime history and lives in Lee-on-The Solent.