|The idea for the "Olympic" class ships were conceived at a
party at Lord Pirrie's house in 1907. It was Pirrie and J. Bruce
Ismay that came up with the idea that would lead them to eventually
build three mammoth ships that would be the largest and most luxurious
of their day. On July 29, 1908, Harland and Wolff presented the
first plans to the White Star Line for these ships. These ships
would have two reciprocating engines and a low-pressure turbine to
provide their power. Two days later, a contract was signed and the
construction of the first two liners would begin within 6 months.
The Olympic was the first of the three sister ships to be
started, and the less than 15 weeks later, Titanic was started (on March
With White Star Line's approval, Harland and Wolff spared no expense in building these ships and they exceeded the Board of Trade's regulations that were in effect at that time. Titanic cost $7,500,000 to construct. Two years to the day, after the keel was laid, Titanic was launched so she could be fitted out. More than 100,000 people witnessed the launch. One thing that did not happen was, the Titanic was not christened.
On the following pages, you will see pictures of the Titanic during the construction:
|Titanic's Hull under construction.|
|Titanic just before her launch.|
|One of the massive anchors being taken to the shipyard.|