Titanic's launch rams

Hydraulic rams for launching Titanic, 1911.

The hydraulic launching rams were positioned at the head of the slipway, directly below the bows of Titanic.  Mr Charles Payne of Harland & Wolff was in charge of the hydraulic apparatus which started Titanic's movement down the greased ways into the water, shortly after mid-day on 31 May 1911.

At 12:05 PM, two rockets were fired, followed by a third at 12:10 PM. At 12:13, the 26,000 ton hull started down the slipway under its own weight.



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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.