I have written a couple of Blogs in the past on the Titanic Story and now do so again after being inspired following a visit to the impressive Titanic Centre in Belfast.
Next to this building are the original slipways where Titanic and her sister ships Britannic and Olympic were built. In order to build these very large ships (Titanic was over 882 feet/269 m in length, 93 feet/28 m beam and 175 feet/53 m in height) massive gantries 230 feet/70 m in height had first to be constructed and were the largest such structure in the world.
Construction commenced in March 1909 employing 15,000 workers, the ship costing $7.5 million which equates to $300 million today. It was launched in May 1911 and made its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. It hit the iceberg at 11.40 pm on April 14 and sank some 2 hours 40 minutes later. Out of the 2,240 passengers and 890 crew - 1,500 died. Titanic only carried enough lifeboats to accommodate 1,178 people.
As I mentioned in my first ‘Titanic’ Blog, the ship was equipped with 29 gigantic coal fired boilers each 20 feet/6.4 m in length and almost 16 feet/5 m in diameter. These were driven by 162 coal furnaces which consumed 544 tonnes of coal per day. This required a massive workforce comprising of 175 firemen and stokers plus 70 ‘trimmers’ whose job it was to bring the coal from the bunkers to the firemen. The resulting ash was mechanically conveyed up and over the side during each night. A tremendous potential ash build up problem then, one Primasonics International could have helped solve had we been around at that time!
The story of the rapid, and terribly tragic, demise of the Titanic is well known, but what of her two sister ships? The Britannic was the third of the trio of White Star Line ocean liners built. It was launched in February 1914 but then, before it could commence its transatlantic service, World War 1 began. The Britanic was requisitioned as a hospital ship in December 1915 and later sunk by a German underwater mine in the Aegean Sea on November 11, 1916.
In contrast to her two sisters, the Olympic launched in October 1910 had a long and illustrious career spanning 1911 – 1935. During the 1st World War she was used as a troop ship and then went back to being a passenger liner from 1920 until 1935 when she was scrapped with her superstructure dismantled in Jarrow England and her hull in Inverkeithing Scotland.
The Olympic was the lead ship of the White Star Line's trio of Olympic-class liners and achieved 24 years of outstanding service, despite being slightly smaller than the more famous Titanic, proving that you don't always have to be the biggest to be the best. This is something that Primasonics International can well relate to after almost 20 years of equally outstanding service worldwide as leaders in the world of Acoustic Cleaning - and long may that continue!