31 March 1909

31st March 1909

On This Day

Titanic was laid down on 31 March in 1909 at Harland & Wolff in Belfast.

Titanic's keel, or 'backbone', was laid in Slip No. 3 alongside her sister, Olympic, whose keel was laid down 3½ months earlier. More than two years later on 31 May, 1911, Titanic's hull was launched after which the process of "fitting out" began.

The vessel was officially completed and handed over to the White Star Line on 2 April, 1912, after more than 3 years and tens of millions of man hours. Only 13 days later this marvel of Edwardian engineering would be at the bottom of the North Atlantic. 

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