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Topics in Chronicling America - The Building of the Titanic

On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City. Even before this first voyage the Titanic had already made headlines, starting with the announcement of its planned construction in 1908 and later when construction began in 1909. Designed to be the largest, most luxurious passenger steamship in the world and thought to be 'unsinkable,' the Titanic is now most often remembered because of its tragic sinking. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.
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Important Dates:

  • 1908: Construction of Olympic and its sister ship Titanic announced. Olympic will be completed first.
  • March 31, 1909: Construction on Titanic begins.
  • May 31, 1911: Titanic is launched, engines and interior have not yet been installed.
  • March 31, 1912: Titanic construction is completed.
  • April 10, 1912: Titanic begins its maiden voyage.

Suggested Search Terms:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Titanic, Olympic, White Star line, Belfast, construction, ship, vessel.
  • Only search April 14, 1912 and before, or else all the articles will be about the Titanic's disaster, not its construction.
  • Before the Titanic disaster, the word “titanic” was a very common adjective, so be sure to use one of the additional words in proximity when searching.

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