Titanic launch sequence 2

Launch of Titanic, 31 May, 1911.

Within a minute Titanic reached a launch speed of 12½ knots.  To enable her gigantic hull to slide smoothly down the slipways, vast amounts of lubricants were used – 15 tons of tallow, 5 tons of tallow and train oil mixed together with 3 tons of soft soap. 

Heavy chains and anchors were used to stop the launch momentum of Titanic and she was pulled up in less than half her own length.



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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.