Preparing Titanic's slipway

Workmen preparing new slipways for building Olympic and Titanic.

To accommodate the new liners, Olympic and Titanic, Harland & Wolff re-engineered three existing slipways into two larger ones that could accept the huge hulls.  Their enormous weight meant the slips had to be strengthened with reinforced concrete up to 4ft. 6in. thick.  Titanic’s keel was laid in Slip No. 3 on 31 March 1909, three months after work on her sister ship, Olympic, had started. 

This 1907 photograph shows the early stages of construction and the filthy working conditions endured by the workers.  It also illustrates how this advanced industrial shipyard was still dependent on hard physical labour and horse-drawn carts.



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Visiting Information

TITANICa The Exhibition is on display the the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra. Click here for opening times, how to get here and admission prices.


Titanic Exhibition

The Titanic exhibition is housed in the Transport galleries at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra. You can also experience "TITANICa The People's Story in the Outdoor Folk Museum.

Click here for more information on the 500 artefacts on display and also the Ultimate Living History experience.