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Where was the Titanic built?

THE sinking of the Titanic is one of the most famous tragedies in modern history.

It has inspired numerous films, documentaries and years of research, but what do we know about where and how it was built?

Where was the Titanic built?

Work began on the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic in 1909 at a shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

It was one of three ships being built by Harland & Wolff and White Star Line in one their three dry docks.

The Thompson Dock – the largest of the three – was designed to accommodate the Titanic, and it is still open to visitors today.

It was built so workers could easily move around the outside of a ship without any water.

At the time, the Titanic was the largest passenger liner the world had ever seen.

Architect Alexander Carlisle was behind its design.

How long did it take to build the Titanic?

The British luxury passenger liner took under three years to construct, costing around £1.5million – equating to about £170million today.

Thousands of workers were involved in the project, with some 14,000 men employed during the peak of construction.

The frame was fully formed in just over a year, with the shell plating finished shortly afterwards.

The "practically unsinkable" steamship was released from its dry dock in 1911 and work on the interior began.

Just eight days before its maiden voyage, it was declared seaworthy.

Where did the Titanic set sail from?

The Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912.

It was due to arrive in New York City, United States, on April 17, but never made it.

Five days into the journey, the ship hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank a short time later.

More than 1,500 of the 2,224 people on board were killed.

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