Technology Tuesday: Engineering the Titanic

Chances are many of you have heard the story of the Titanic. This past weekend the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic came about.  In lieu of the release of the 3D movie and all of the shows on the History Channel and Discovery Channel that dive deep into the story and science behind the sinking of the Titanic, I figured what’s better than some engineering related facts about the Titanic for this weeks Technology Tuesday.

  • Build for the Titanic began in 1909 and was completed in 1911.  The ship’s build was completed in just over two years!
  • The cruise liner measured 882 feet and 9 inches long.
  • 92 feet wide.
  • 175 feet in height.
  • 46,328 tons in weight.
  • The Titanic had two reciprocating engines and one steam turbine.  The steam turbine was the central propeller and the two reciprocating engines each turned a propeller.
  • Sea trials were conducted on the 2nd of April in 1912.  Trials were delayed for 24 hours due to weather.  During the trials, the first time the engines were run.
  • The cost to build Titanic in 1912 was $7.5million…The cost today is $400million.  Talk about a budget!

There are many episodes out there available on the web if you have more interest in the Titanic.

Here are a few videos and interactive site to explore:

Titanic 100th Anniversary Commemerations

On the History Channel there is a page entitled the Titanic Interactive.  This page allows you to explore the Titanic from the start of it’s life to the stories from survivors.
On the Discovery Channel, there is an Interactive Dive Tour that takes you beneath the ocean to explore the ship.

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