The most famous ocean liner to ever sail the seven seas is (arguably) the RMS Titanic. A luxury cruise ship of unbelievable caliber, it was touted as “unsinkable.” Unfortunately, we all know how untrue that turned out to be.
Oblivious to the tragic end to come, work began on the Titanic in 1909 and would continue for the next three years — and it was as much of a massive undertaking as you might suspect. According to History, in total it took 3 million rivets to hold the ship together, and the 882-foot vessel weighed 46,000 tons upon completion. It also possessed 29 boilers with 159 furnaces to power the ship, along with 15 watertight bulkheads reportedly designed to keep the ship afloat in the event of flooding, per the Molly Brown House Museum. Sadly, all of the steel, rivets, and bulkheads that made up this gigantic ship could not save it from its fate.
Money doesn't always guarantee safety
Though it is best known for sinking on its maiden voyage, the RMS Titanic was also one of the most magnificent boats ever built. While there were passengers from all walks of life on board, the opulence of the boat’s interior is almost as legendary as its sinking. From a swimming pool and dog kennels to massive dinners and the magnificent grand staircase, first-class passengers had access to everything, according to ThoughtCo.
Common sense would dictate that the Titanic cost a pretty penny — which of course, it did. According to History, the cost of the RMS Titanic is an estimated $7.5 million, equivalent to about $200 million today. The astronomical cost associated with the building of this boat would lead you to hope it would literally be indestructible. Despite all the labor, time, and money put into it, the Titanic never made it past its maiden voyage.
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