You know how it sank. How was the Titanic dreamed up?
While at dinner, the Titanic’s creators envisioned a ship that was fast and luxurious. It soon became touted as “virtually unsinkable.”
In Harland and Wolff's Belfast shipyard, the bow of what would become the R.M.S. Titanic sits in dry dock during construction. Before setting sail in April 1912, the Titanic was considered "virtually unsinkable" and a pinnacle of engineering as it crushed records set by other large ships. The goal in the mighty ship’s creation was to surpass all others in size, strength, and speed. Unfortunately, the thirst for fame and recognition set the stage for an infamously tragic course of events.
Photograph by Krista Few, Ralph White/Corbis via Getty Images
ByEditors of National Geographic
Published April 4, 2023
• 7 min read
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