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A Rocky Beginning

Post by Karen on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 16:13

LARGEST SHIP AFLOAT.
Titanic's First Trip from Southampton Nearly Begins in Disaster.

During the recent inquiry into the collision between H.M.S. Hawke and the Olympic the theory was advanced that the suction of the liner was the cause of the accident. By most people this idea was ridiculed, but that there was foundation for it was proved by a startling incident which occurred on Wednesday, when the Olympic's sister ship, the Titanic, started on her first voyage.
The Titanic is the largest vessel afloat, for while she has the same dimensions - length 882ft., breadth 92ft. - as her sister ship, the Olympic, her gross tonnage of 46,382 is 1,004 tons greater. As she passed from her berth into Southampton Water on Wednesday, to start on her maiden voyage to New York, she "sucked" the water between her and the quay to such a degree that the strain broke the strong hawsers with which the liner New York was moored to the quayside, and for some time a collision between the two vessels looked likely.
The watching crowd was breathless with excitement. People climbed into railway trucks to see what was going to happen. As soon as the New York broke loose the Titanic reversed her engines, and in a brief space of time stopped dead and began to back. Then the tugs Neptune and Vulcan raced at the New York, caught her with ropes by the bows and the stern, and towed her safely back to her berth.
Then the Titanic once again got under way and glided slowly out to sea.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, April 14, 1912, Page 9

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Post by Karen on Sun 29 Apr 2012 - 20:23

When, on April 10, the White Star liner Titanic sails on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, she will carry the enormous number of 12,000 pint bottles of Bass for the passengers. This is another record for the well-known Burton brewers.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, February 18, 1912, Page 10

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