Good Reading : June 2011
24 goodreading ı JUNE 2011 BOOKBITE 1 Countless books have been written about the sinking of the Titanic. But little attention has been devoted – until now – to the fascinating story of the design and construction of what was, at the time, the world’s largest ship. Building the Titanic takes you behind the scenes – from the boardroom to the shipyard – of the construction of the doomed passenger liner that has fascinated people for more than a century. by Rod Green BUILDING THE TITANIC The creation of history’s most famous ocean liner The Titanic’s hull begins to emerge from the scaffolding as she rests on Harland & Wolff’s No. 3 slipway below the giant Arrol Gantry. Riveting her 30ft- (9 metre) long hull plates to her framing skeleton took seven months and was completed in October 1910. Lord Pirrie, Chairman of Harland & Wolff (left) is pictured here with Captain Edward John Smith on the deck of the Olympic. Captain Smith commanded the Olympic before taking charge of the Titanic. The Olympic and Titanic were last seen together in Belfast in March 1912 when the Titanic had to be hauled out of dry dock and work on her was delayed while the Olympic was installed in the dry dock to have her port propeller replaced, having lost it after hitting an unknown object in the Atlantic 750 miles out of New York.