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Building The World's Most Famous Ship

Anton Gill


When she set sail on her doomed maiden voyage in April 1912, RMS Titanic was the jewel in the crown of the White Star Line, a company that American tycoon J. P. Morgan had acquired a decade earlier. The executives at White Star competed fiercely in the ocean liner market, prioritizing luxury and comfort over speed. A floating palace, Titanic was the largest and most technologically advanced moving object in the world. It spent barely five days at sea, but a skilled workforce of thousands of men and women had spent years building the ship in a remarkable feat of design and engineering. Here is the story of the riveters, who risked deafness from hammering millions of rivets that held together the enormous steel hull; the engineers, who had the gargantuan task of fitting engines to power the massive ship across the Atlantic at 23 knots; the electricians, who installed state-of-the-art communications systems and enormous steam driven generators, each capable of powering the equivalent of 400 modern homes; the carpenters, cabinet makers, and artisans who labored over every last detail of the opulent state rooms; and so many more. From the engine room to the ball room, here is a testament to those who designed, built, and fitted the “ship of dreams.”

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Globe Pequot Press / Lyons Press
Pages: 288
978-0-7627-8232-1 • Paperback • September 2013 • $14.95 • (£9.95)

Anton Gill is the author of more than twenty books, including Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim and Il Gigante: Michelangelo, Florence, and The David. 

A fascinating look at the making of the Titanic in vivid, colorful detail

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Belfast, Northern Ireland
Southampton, England
New York City