WHY TITANIC WAS CALLED THE “UNSINKABLE” SHIP
An unknown Titanic crew member is reported to have once said to embarking passenger, Mrs. Sylvia Caldwell, “God himself could not sink this ship!”
The R.M.S. Titanic was the largest and most luxurious passenger ship of its time. Titanic’s keel was laid on March 31, 1909. For the next twenty-six months, Harland & Wolff’s shipyard workers labored to construct her massive hull. The White Star flagships would have both reciprocating steam engines and a turbine engine to power the center of Titanic’s three propellers. In addition, she was equipped with a double-plated bottom and sixteen watertight compartments on the hull of the ship with doors that would close if water entered them, allowing the Titanic to stay afloat. This was designed to provide the utmost in security.
Three thousand carpenters, engineers, electricians, plumbers, painters, master mechanics, and interior designers fit Titanic with the latest in marine technology, and the most extravagant fixtures and furniture. Once finished, Titanic’s size and technological advancements were primary reasons why it was believed to be a practically unsinkable ship in the public’s estimation.