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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Titanic: World's largest moving object

Belfast Telegraph:Page One/Titanic. 16/4/1912
This is an undated photo showing the bow of the Titanic at rest on the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. The first tourists to see the bow up close viewed it from the portholes of a tiny submersible in early September. (AP Photo/Ralph White)
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There's something majestic about Titanic’s enormous steam engines.

When launched, Titanic was the largest moving object built to date so she needed some impressive machinery to power her.

It was provided by two reciprocating steam engines used to drive the port and starboard wing propellers, plus a low-pressure steam turbine to drive the centre propeller.

This was robust technology, designed to deliver reliable service rather than set speed records. The engines were assembled in the engine works’ erecting shop then dismantled and the components were taken to the fitting out wharf.

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