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How Did They do That?

The most celebrated ship of the age, before its maiden voyage



The Titanic, of the White Star Line shipping company, was one of the new and luxurious Olympic class ocean liners, alongside the Britannic and Olympic. It took three years to build at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

Perhaps the most famous ship in history, the tragedy of the RMS Titanic has been told numerous times and continues, after more than a century, to captivate.

On the night of 14/15 April 1912, the luxury ocean liner – the world’s largest human-made moving object at the time – struck an iceberg during its maiden voyage. Despite being labelled as “unsinkable”, design flaws caused the ship to go down in hours, resulting in 1,500 deaths and ensuring the name Titanic forevermore acts as a warning against hubris.

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