Sectional View of the RMS Titanic - 1912

The Biggest Ship in the World Shown in Section

The Ill-Fated Titanic, Which Now Lies Under Two Miles of Water Between Sable Island and Cape Race: The Biggest Ship in the World Shown in Section. Drawn by W. B. Robinson, by Courtesy of the White Star Line. The Illustrated London News (4 May 1912) p. 654-655. GGA Image ID # 1062b66a2e

As we note elsewhere in this number, and. as of course, all the world knows, the great White Star liner ‘Titanic,’ which left Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, on her maiden voyage to New York, came into collision with an iceberg between Sable Island and Cape Race at 10.25 pm. on the Sunday night American time, which on the Atlantic, is four hours slow on Greenwich time .

That the vessel was the largest in the world, we have already said, and various illustrations of her palatial appointments will be found elsewhere in this number. Here may be given a few additional facts.

The liner's rudder, which had a length of 78 feet 8 inches’ and a width of 15 feet 3 inches, weighed 101 1/4 tons. The center bower-anchor weighed 15 1/2 tons, and each of the side anchors 8 tons: the wire rope of the center bower-anchor had a breaking-strain of 290 tons and was 175 fathoms in length.

The ship had ten decks named (from the bottom upwards) lower orlop, orlop, lower, middle, upper, saloon. shelter, bridge, promenade, and boat. The bridge-deck extended for a length of 550 feet amidships: the promenade and boat decks were over 500 feet long.

For first-class passengers there were thirty suite-rooms on the bridge-deck and thirty-nine on the shelter-deck, so arranged that they could be let in groups. In all there were 350 first-class rooms. 100 of which were single-berth rooms.

There was accommodation for over 750 first-class passengers, over 550 second-class, and over 1100 third-class. Accommodation for the captain and officers was on the boat-deck, as were the rooms for the Marconi installation.

Amongst the vessel's special features were private promenade-decks, a gymnasium, a Turkish bath, a swimming-bath, and a squash-racquets court, with a spectators' gallery.

Wednesday's news was that of the 2196 souls aboard the vessel at the time of the disaster only 868 had been saved: and there was little hope of better reports.

"The Great Vessel, Which Sank, With Fearful Loss of Life. On The 6th Day of Her Maiden Voyage: Her Internal Economy." in The Illustrated London News, New York: The International News Company, Vol. 59, No. 1504, 4 May 1912, p. 654-655.

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