Revealed: The story behind the building of the Titanic

Gallery: We already know what happened on that terrifying April night in 1912.

By David Rankin
Friday, 15th April 2022, 9:31 am
Updated Friday, 15th April 2022, 10:47 am

But the epic tale leading up to the Titanic disaster is as incredible as her now legendary fate.

From a preposterous idea hatched by two visionaries, to the glorious day she set sail five years later, an hour-long Channel 4 documentary on Saturday evening chronicles the virtually untold story of the supersize steam ship’s construction, and reveals how 15,000 men toiled day and night in life-threatening conditions to create a state-of-the-art floating city.

A floating palace, Titanic was the largest and most technologically advanced moving object in the world. It spent barely five days at sea, but a skilled workforce of thousands had spent years building the ship in a remarkable feat of design and engineering.

Chronicling every stage of construction, the fascinating documentary reveals the story behind Titanic’s construction. Based on original blueprints and unseen archives, cutting-edge special effects bring these naval wonders back to life on screen. We witness them taking shape – and head below deck, where their technological marvels are exposed.

Along the way, all the incredible numbers and jaw-dropping details are exposed. And we discover the outsize ambitions that made it all possible – but which also led to her dramatic demise.

Titanic: Building the World’s Largest Ship airs on Channel 4 on Saturday, April 16 at 7.30pm.

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