How big was the Titanic ?

By admin • Facts and Trivia • 4 Apr 2012

Titanic was 882 feet 9 inches (269.06 m) long with a maximum width of 92 feet 6 inches (28.19 m). Her total height, measured from the base of the keel to the top of the bridge, was 104 feet (32 m). She measured 46,328 gross register tons. GRT or Gross Register Tons is the internal volume expressed in ‘register tons’ one of which equals to a volume of 100 cubic feet  (2.83 m3),. Here is how the decks of the ship was structured.

All three of the Olympic-class ships had eleven decks (excluding the top of the officers’ quarters), eight of which were for passenger use. From top to bottom, the decks were:

  • The Boat Deck –  This was where the lifeboats were positioned.  It was from this place where the lifeboats were lowered into the North Atlantic ocean to rescue passengers. This was also the places where the grand staircase, gymnasium were located along the elevated roof of the First Class Lounge.  The rear part of the deck was the First Class smoke room and entrance to the Second Class.  There were four different promenades of the wood covered deck, for the officers, , First Class passengers, engineers and Second Class passengers respectively.
  • The Promenade Deck – Also called A Deck, this extended along the 166 meters of 546 feet of the structure.  It was reserved mainly for First Class passengers and included reading room, writing room smoke room, the First Class Lounge, smoke room and the Palm Court.
  • The Bridge Deck – B Deck –  This was located at the uppermost level of the hull and was a weight bearing deck. Most first class passengers had their accommodations here and there were six huge cabins for their own private promenades.  It also had restaurant and dining facilities for the First Class passengers in the form of A La Carte Restaurant and the Café Parisien provided luxury dining facilities to First Class passengers, besides the Second Class smoking room and entrance hall The raised forecastle of the ship led to the Bridge Deck. This was actually not allowed for passengers, so in effect the famous ‘flying scene’ of Titanic would not have been possible in real life.  There was the  32 meter long or 106 feet long Poop Deck, which was used as a promenade for Third Class passenges. This was where many of the passengers and the crew made their last attempt to save their lives as the ship sank.  The Bride Deck was separated from the Poop Deck and the forecastle by well decks.
  • The Shelter Deck –  This included two well decks, one which was a part of the Third class promenade. The crew cabins were located here.
  • The Saloon Deck- Also known as the D- Deck, this has three large public rooms  – the First Class Reception Room, the First Class Dining Saloon and the Second Class Dining Saloon
  • The Upper Deck  – Also called as the E-Deck, it was used for acccomdation for people by all classes which included seamen, cooks, trimmers and stewards.
  • The Middle Deck – Known as the F Deck,  it was mainly accommodated by Third Class passengers.  It was also an accomdation place for crew and second class cabin members.  The dining saloon for Third Class passengers were also here as were the Turkish bath and the swimming pool.
  • The Lower Deck –  Also called the G Deck,  this was a store-room for food,  there was a huge squash court here.  It was also the traveling post office where mail clerks sorted letters and parcels, so that they would be sent for delivery where the ship docked.
  • The Tank Top – Called the Orlep Decks, these formed the bottom part of the ship, below the waterline.  The Orlep decks were used for cargo space while the Tank Top, was the platform for the ship’s broilers, turbines, engines and electrical generators. Located at the inner bottom of the ship’s hull, this part of the ship was dominated by boiler rooms, engines; these were the areas that passengers never got to see.

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