Titanic's hull framed

Titanic and Olympic under construction, 1910.

The steel hulls of sister ships Titanic and Olympic are still wrapped in wooden staging but can be easily identified by their proudly displayed notices.

When this photograph was taken in mid-April 1910, Titanic (left) was fully framed and the hull shell plating of Olympic had been completed. The frames in ships are like the ribs of the human body – they give the ship its shape and outline.  Once a ship has been fully framed, it is then ready for plating.  

Plating is a highly skilled process that involves carefully riveting metal plates, some weighing many tonnes, into their precise place on the frame.



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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.