The Belfast shipyard was responsible for what was said to be one of the world’s fastest ships of its time: the Titanic. William Pirrie, an Irish shipbuilder, was responsible for the design of this luxurious British passenger liner. There were different accommodations for each passenger class, with first-class travelers getting the most out of their experience.
From stern to bow, it measured 883 feet in height, and its hull was divided into 16 watertight compartments. This meant that the ship could sustain a hole in its hull without sinking.
The design of the watertight compartments looked good in theory, but in practice, they leaked. Everything was flooded when the Titanic hit an enormous iceberg and all six compartments were torn apart. Due to concerns that too many people would occupy the lifeboats, the Titanic only carried a small number. There were about fifty deck chairs used as floats.
Even though it has been years since the Titanic went down, the tragedy is still fresh in the minds of many. It’s possible you can still see the RMS Titanic sinking at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, in your mind. We all know that 1,500 people lost their lives in the ocean’s depths; among them were notable figures like Benjamin Guggenheim, John Jacob Astor IV, and Isidor and Ida Strauss, the owners of Macy’s.