of RMS Titanic
By Paula Moldenhauer
The largest moveable object built by man, she was
dubbed one of the greatest achievements of her time.
Why are we drawn to sto- ries about the RMS Ti- tanic 1 Its sinking is one of the greatest tragedies
of its time. Yet instead of only whispered
grief, there remains fascination with
everything Titanic, even one hundred
Perhaps we’re drawn to Titanic’s
riches. The largest moveable object
built by man, she was dubbed one of
the greatest achievements of her time.
While only 20 percent of London had
electricity, this ship was electric from
bow to stern. The Titanic’s breathtaking opulence included carved oak staircases, chandeliers, and beautiful crystal.
Passengers enjoyed a heated saltwater
pool, Turkish baths, lavish lounges, a library, and even a gymnasium boasting
an electric camel. The collective assets
of her passengers totaled over $600 million. To secure a first-class suite on
Titanic , passengers paid as much as $4,350
for the journey—equivalent to an estimated $100,000 in today’s economy.
But Titanic wasn’t the only fancy ship
of her day. She had two sister ships, the
RMS Olympic, who had a long and illustrious career, and the Britannic, whose
intended purpose was interrupted by
World War I, during which she served
as a hospital ship instead. Many pictures touting the magnificence of the
Titanic were actually pictures of Olympic, since most of the pictures taken of
Titanic accompanied her to the bottom
of the Atlantic.