Almost everyone is familiar with the story of the RMS Titanic. A ship that was advertised as virtually unsinkable, that sunk on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Due to a variety of factors, including the fact that the ship did not contain enough lifeboats for all the passengers, 1,517 people died. It remains one of the worst maritime disasters to occur in peacetime. The ship went down in about 4km of water, which meant it couldn’t be located until searching techniques had sufficiently advanced. The wreck was discovered on September 1 1985. If you have ever wanted to know who built the Titanic, read on to find the answer.
Who built the Titanic?
Titanic was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard. This shipyard is located in Belfact, Ireland and not in Southampton as many people believe. The designs for the Titanic were developed by three main designers; Lord Pirrie, Thomas Andrews and Alexander Carlisle. The construction of the ship was funded by J.P. Morgan’s company International Mercantile Marine Co. Construction began on March 31, 1909 and the ship was launched on May 31, 1911. When it was built the Titanic was the largest passenger ship in the world.
Alexander Carlisle had the responsibility for the safety systems of the Titanic. He left the project early after an argument with Lord Pirrie about the number of lifeboats. Both Pirrie and Andrews were planning to take the first voyage on the Titanic, but Pirrie became ill. Thomas Andrews went down with the ship and he is remembered for his heroics during that fateful night.