Posts Tagged ‘RMS Titanic’

The Times, April 11th, 1912

April 11, 2015

RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for New York

Although the new White Star liner Titanic, which sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, has the same dimensions – length 882ft, breadth 92ft – as her sister ship Olympic, her gross tonnage of 46,382 tons is 1,004 tons greater, and thus she is the largest vessel at present afloat.  The difference is accounted for by the fact that the measurement spaces have been considerably increased in the later vessel.  Thus on the top deck several extra rooms have been provided forward of the gymnasium, and the same has been done on the upper promenade or A deck, which contains the lounge, the leading room, and the smoking room.  An innovations on the promenade or B deck consists of two elaborate suites, each with sitting room, two bedrooms, bathroom, and servants’ room, which in the height of the season cost £870.

The vessel is substantially the same as her sister ship, and  the various features of the latter, such as gymnasium, Turkish bath, squash rackets court, and swimming bath, have been maintained.

The propelling machinery consists of the same combination of reciprocating engines and turbines as is fitted in the Olympic, and in  the view of the modifications introduced in the propellers of the latter vessel after she had been in service, with the result of increasing her speed, it will be interesting to see whether the Titanic, in which no doubt these improvements have already been embodied, will show better results.

Titanic: Sale of Last Letter

April 28, 2014

A last letter has been sold written by survivor Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva, eight hours prior to Titanic hitting the iceberg on the 15th of April 1912.  The letter, embossed with the White Star Line flag, is headed “On Board RMS Titanic” and dated “Sunday afternoon”.  The letter survived as it was in the pocket of her husband’s coat which he gave to her to keep warm.  Her husband, Benjamin died along with 1516 others in the disaster.

At the auction of the letter in Devizes, Wiltshire on the 26th of April’14, it was sold for the new world and record price of £119000 GBP.