1910: “Where Can We Dock This Marine Monster (RMS Titanic) When She Reaches the Port of New York?”

‘Cross section of the White Star Steamship Titanic, now almost ready to be launched.  A $12,000 model of her has been put on exhibition in this city.  She is 882 feet 6 inches long and Manhattan’s longest pier is 57½ feet shorter.

 If her vast hull were empty, thirty-six replicas of Hudson’s famous Half Moon could be laid crosswise in her, under full sail, and still leave 270 feet of unoccupied tapering space at bow and stern; or twenty-eight full-sized replicas of Fulton’s Clermont could be piled up like cord-wood inside her, without utilizing 282 feet and 6 inches of tapering space fore and aft, where several more could be stowed away.

 An ordinary railroad locomotive with tender and drawing eight Pullman sleepers, could be laid upon her deck abaft the spot near the captain’s bridge, where our artist has cut her in two.  From keel to funnel top she is nearly as tall as the Postal Telegraph Building, fronting City Hall Park.’

4 Responses

  1. David

    Wow, I didn’t know that the Titanic had a train that ran across its upper deck and a clipper ship in its stern. That really was a big ship.

    But, the amazing thing is that by today’s standards, the Titanic would be considered a small ship.

    RMS Titanic – 46,328 tonnes
    Royal Caribbean’s: Oasis of the Seas – 225,282 tonnes

  2. arfnotz

    I know little about docking ships, but so what if the ship is longer than the dock? So long as the gangways land on solid dock, and no one clips the stern, loading and unloading should be the same. Or am I missing something?


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