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The Titanic
THE TITANIC
Jenks Ship Building Company
Port Huron, Michigan
Builder Harland & Wolffe
Belfast, Ireland
1903 Year built 1911
$306,000 Cost to build $7.5 million
269 feet Length 882 feet, 9 inches
36 feet Beam 92 feet, 6 inches
14 feet Draft 34 feet
xx Height (waterline to boat deck) 60 feet, 6 inches
1,961 tons Weight 46,329 tons
4 Decks 9
Twin screw Number of propeller(s) Triple screw
xx Size of propeller(s) 23 feet in diameter (outboard)
17 feet in diameter (center)
4 - each 13.5 feet x 12 feet Boilers 29 - each 15 feet, 9 inches in diameter
3,000 Horsepower 51,000
xx Anchor 15.5 tons
19 knots Top speed 22 knots
May 6, 1903 Launched May 31, 1911
July 16, 1903 Maiden voyage April 10, 1912
July 24, 1915, 7:30am Date and time of disaster April 15, 1912, 2:20am
St. Joseph-Chicago Steamship Company Owner of ship International Mercantile Marine Company
International Navigation Company Ltd.
Oceanic Steam Navigation Company
White Star Steamship Line
Harry S. Pederson Captain Edward J. Smith
$.75 - adult
$.35 - children ages 5 to 12
Free - under age 5
Ticket price $4350 - 1st class (one-way)
Warm summer day (light rain) Weather Freezing
Downtown Chicago Location of disaster Middle of Atlantic Ocean
Slow moving Chicago River Water condition Free floating icebergs
Street cars, elevated trains,
thousands of people
in the heart of downtown Chicago
Nearest people for rescue The Californian less than 20 miles
Docked at wharf
(0 knots)
Speed when disaster occurred Cruising at top speed
(22.5 knots)
Less than 5 minutes Time to disaster from onset Approximately 3 hours
No lifeboats deployed,
no lifejackets handed out
Deployment of life-saving equipment Not enough lifeboats
20 feet to wharf Distance to safety 450 miles to Newfoundland
280 feet across river Distance across respective
body of water
450 miles across ocean
20 feet to river bottom Distance to bottom of respective
body of water
2.5 miles to ocean bottom
Overturned in Chicago River
July 24, 1915
Result of disaster Sunk in North Atlantic Ocean
April 14, 1912
2,570 Number of life belts 3,560
12 Number of life boats 16
37 Number of life rafts 4
776 Life boat/raft capacity 1,178
2,500 Licensed passenger capacity 2,603
70 Licensed crew capacity 944
2,570 Licensed passenger and crew capacity 3,547
2,501 Passengers aboard 1,320
70 Officers and crewmen aboard 908
2,571 Total passengers and crew aboard 2,228
841 Passenger fatalities 829
3 Officer and crew fatalities 694
844 Passenger and crew fatalities 1,523
xx Fatality rate - women 26%
xx Fatality rate - men 82%
xx Fatality rate - children 90%
4% Fatality rate - crew 77%
34% Fatality rate - passengers 62%
33% Fatality rate - passengers and crew 68%
$563,000 from Chicago's Mayor's
Committee, Western Electric, and
Red Cross
Gross compensation $30-100 million to beneficiaries of
John Jacob Astor
$0 Annual compensation $20,000 to John Jacob Astor, Jr.
Sold for scrap metal Final disposition of ship Rests on bottom of North Atlantic Ocean

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