Construction: the keel

Workers laying the keel in the Harland and Wolff shipyard, Belfast 

The layout of the keel is the first stage of the construction of a ship.

The keel is a key structure, like the backbone of a human body, on which everything else depends. It is made in sections, laid on blocks on a sloping slipway.

Did you know?

The keel of Titanic was laid on 31st March 1909, 3 months after the keel of her sister ship, Olympic, was laid.

There are strong comparisons to be made between the systems of a human body and a ship. 




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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.