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Titanic Images - The Shipbuilder - 3: Building the Hulls

The structural design of the Olympic and Titanic is shown by the midship section (Fig. 14) and the elevation on Plate III. There are eight steel decks amidships—the boat deck, promenade deck (A), bridge deck (B), shelter deck (C), saloon deck (D), upper deck (E), middle deck (F), and lower deck (G)—while at the ends an extra deck—known as the orlop deck—is fitted, making nine decks in all.

Table II: Dimensions of the Olympic and Titanic as Constructed.

Table II: Dimensions of the Olympic and Titanic as Constructed. A comparison of the foregoing information with the table of dimensions of other vessels given in the preceding chapter will show that the Great Küstern was 170 feet shorter and 20,600 gross tons less ; the Kaiser Wilhelm II. and the Kronprinzessin Cecile are each 172 feet shorter and 25,600 tons less ; the Adriatic 141 feet shorter and 20,500 tons less ; and the Mauretania 90 feet shorter and about 13,000 tons less. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 19. GGA Image ID # 10b4e3d3a4

Fig 14: Midship Section of the Olympic and Titanic.

Fig 14: Midship Section of the Olympic and Titanic. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 20. GGA Image ID # 10b502c25a

Fig. 15: Hydraulic Riveter at Work on the Vertical Keel Plate.

Fig. 15: Hydraulic Riveter at Work on the Vertical Keel Plate. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 21. GGA Image ID # 10b50e8f7c

Fig. 17: Arrangement of Stern Castings.

Fig. 17: Arrangement of Stern Castings. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 22. GGA Image ID # 10b57a1091

Fig. 18: After Propeller Brackets.

Fig. 18: After Propeller Brackets. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 23. GGA Image ID # 10b587dead

Fig 19: After Propeller Brackets Being Weighed.

Fig 19: After Propeller Brackets Being Weighed. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 24. GGA Image ID # 10b5d58d5e

Fig 20. Shell Plating in Way of Bossing.

Fig 20. Shell Plating in Way of Bossing. © Frank & Sons, So. Shields. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 25. GGA Image ID # 10b5ddb1c3

Fig. 21: Double Cylinder Watertight Door.

Fig. 21: Double Cylinder Watertight Door. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 26. GGA Image ID # 10b623f05f

Fig. 22: The Olympic's Keel, Laid 1 January 1909.

Fig. 22: The Olympic's Keel, Laid 1 January 1909. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 27. GGA Image ID # 10b63e4c62

Fig. 23: Vertical Keel Plate and Floors, Looking Forward.

Fig. 23: Vertical Keel Plate and Floors, Looking Forward. Photograph dated 18 February 1909. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 27. GGA Image ID # 10b66005d8

Fig. 24: Bird's Eye View of the Olympic from Top of Gantry.

Fig. 24: Bird's Eye View of the Olympic from Top of Gantry. Photograph dated 15 April 1909. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 28. GGA Image ID # 10b6c36655

Fig. 25: Tank Top and After End Framing of the Olympic.

Fig. 25: Tank Top and After End Framing of the Olympic. Photograph dated 30 July 1909. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 29. GGA Image ID # 10b6cc6fda

Fig. 26: After End Framing of the Olympic.

Fig. 26: After End Framing of the Olympic. Photograph dated 30 July 1909. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 30. GGA Image ID # 10b6d91a84

Fig. 27. The Olympic Almost Framed.

Fig. 27. The Olympic Almost Framed. Photograph dated 18 November 1909. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 31. GGA Image ID # 10b6eb31a6

Fig. 28. Last Frame of the Olympic Being Raised.

Fig. 28. Last Frame of the Olympic Being Raised. Photograph Dated 20 November 1909. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 32. GGA Image ID # 10b6f6618d

Fig. 29: View of the Olympic's Shelter Deck, Looking Aft.

Fig. 29: View of the Olympic's Shelter Deck, Looking Aft. Photograph dated 31 March 1910. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 33. GGA Image ID # 10b70895fe

Fig 30: The Olympic Plated and the Titanic Framed.

Fig 30: The Olympic Plated and the Titanic Framed. Photograph dated 7 April 1910. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 34. GGA Image ID # 10b755aa66

Fig. 31: Progress of Work in the Olympic's First Class Dining Saloon.

Fig. 31: Progress of Work in the Olympic's First Class Dining Saloon. Photograph dated 6 June 1910. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 34. GGA Image ID # 10b8164bda

Fig. 32: Shoring Under the Olympic's Bottom.

Fig. 32: Shoring Under the Olympic's Bottom. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 35. GGA Image ID # 10b8172c9a

Fig. 33: FOrecastle Deck of the Olympic, Looking Aft.

Fig. 33: Forecastle Deck of the Olympic, Looking Aft. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 35. GGA Image ID # 10b8a23210

Fig. 34: The Titanic and Olympic on the Stocks.

Fig. 34: The Titanic and Olympic on the Stocks. Photographed on the Day the Olympic was Launched. © Frank & Sons, So. Shields. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 36. GGA Image ID # 10b9225e7a

Fig. 35: The Stern of the Olympic Immediately Before Launching.

Fig. 35: The Stern of the Olympic Immediately Before Launching. © Frank & Sons. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 37. GGA Image ID # 10b963417c

Fig. 36: Forward Launching Cradle.

Fig. 36: Forward Launching Cradle. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 38. GGA Image ID # 10b9b88974

Fig. 37: Forward Cradle and Make-Up of Ways.

Fig. 37: Forward Cradle and Make-Up of Ways. © Frank & Sons, So. Shields. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 38. GGA Image ID # 10ba8242d3

Fig. 38: One of the Hydraulic Launching Triggers.

Fig. 38: One of the Hydraulic Launching Triggers. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 39. GGA Image ID # 10ba8f1823

Fig. 39: Pump and Pressure Gauge Associated with Launching Trigger.

Fig. 39: Pump and Pressure Gauge Associated with Launching Trigger. © Frank & Sons, So. Shields. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 39. GGA Image ID # 10baa927d0

Fig. 40: The Launch of the Olympic - 20 October 1910.

Fig. 40: The Launch of the Olympic - 20 October 1910. © Frank & Sons, So. Shields. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 40. GGA Image ID # 10bafda314

Fig. 41: Floating Crane Lifting a Boiler on Board the Olympic - 9 November 1910.

Fig. 41: Floating Crane Lifting a Boiler on Board the Olympic - 9 November 1910. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 41. GGA Image ID # 10bc208fd9

Fig 42: The Olympic in Graving Dock - 1 April 1911.

Fig 42: The Olympic in Graving Dock - 1 April 1911. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 41. GGA Image ID # 10bc53fb27

Fig. 43: Olympic Almost Completed.

Fig. 43: Olympic Almost Completed. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 42. GGA Image ID # 10bca27be9

Table V: The New Belfast Graving Dock.

Table V: The New Belfast Graving Dock. The Olympic was docked on the 1st April, 1911, in the new graving dock belonging to the Belfast Harbor Commissioners, of which the principal dimensions are given in Table V., and which has the distinction of being the largest graving dock in the world at the present time. The Shipbuilder (Midsummer 1911) p. 43. GGA Image ID # 10bcab60bf

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