RMS TITANIC VS. SS UNITED STATES
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RMS TITANIC

882.5 ft in Length

92.5 ft in Beam

46,328 Gross Registered Tons

9 Decks

Registered in United Kingdom

Holds 3,547 People

735 First Class

674 Second Class

1,024 Third Class

860 Crew

16 +4 Collapsible Lifeboats Holds

1,178 People

0 Transatlantic Crossings

55,000 Shaft Horsepower

24 Knots (28 MPH) at Top Speed

In Service April 10, 1912

Our of Service April 15, 1912

Sunk on Maiden Voyage

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SS UNITED STATES

990 ft in Length

101 ft in Beam

53,330 Gross Registered Tons

12 Decks

Registered in United States

Holds 3,016 People or 15,000 Troops

894 First Class

524 Cabin Class

554 Tourist Class

1,044 Crew

24 + Additional Rafts Holds

4,060 People

800 Transatlantic Crossings

248,000 Shaft Horsepower

38 Knots (44 MPH) at Top Speed

In Service June 3, 1952

Our of Service November 14, 1969

Awaiting Restoration


SIZE

second_01 RMS TITANIC UNDER CONSTRUCTION 1911-12The RMS Titanic was the largest moving object ever built back in 1912, but its reign was shortlived. If she had never struck an iceberg, Titanic’s place in history would have been quickly eclipsed by larger, faster ships. In fact, just one month after Titanic’s sinking a larger passenger ship was launched.
second_03SS UNITED STATES UNDER CONSTRUCTION 1951-52 The SS United States’ place in history as a remarkable example of innovation and engineering. At 990 ft. long, the SS United States is over 100 ft. longer than the Titanic. If you stood the SS United States on one end, she’d be the 5th tallest building in New York City. Today the SS United States remains the largest passenger ship ever built in America.
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SPEED

2_1RMS TITANIC 3 AND 4 BLADED PROPELLERS ON THE RMS OLYMPIC IDENTICAL TO THOSE INSTALLED ON TITANIC The Titanic, despite what some film accounts implied, was not built for speed. The Titanic’s intended speed would have brought her from Southampton, England to New York in five and a half days.
2_2SS UNITED STATESENGINEERS NEAR THE ENGINE ROOM CONTROLS ON BOARD THE UNITED STATES. The SS United States, as part of a top secret Cold War program was designed to break all speed records. On her maiden voyage, she made the transatlantic run in just THREE and a half days. Considering her size, imagine the Chrysler Building barreling through the ocean at over 40 miles per hour! To this day, she still holds the trans-Atlantic speed record — no other passenger ship has crossed the Atlantic faster in both directions.
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SAFETY

3_1RMS TITANICTHE DESIGN OF TITANIC’S RELATIVELY UNCLUTTERED DECKS WERE PARTLY DUE TO HER LACK OF LIFEBOATS, WHICH, LIKE MANY LARGE SHIPS OF HER TIME, COULD CARRY LESS THAN HALF OF THE PASSENGERS ON BOARD The Titanic, despite what some film accounts implied, was not built for speed. The Titanic’s intended speed would have brought her from Southampton, England to New York in five and a half days.
3_2SS UNITED STATES LIFEBOATS ON THE SS UNITED STATES WERE ALUMINUM HULLED AND COULD SEAT 40 PEOPLE EACH Many lessons learned in Titanic’s sinking influenced the design of the SS United States. Both ships had double bottoms, but the United States’ extended up along the sides of her hull so that an incident like Titanic’s iceberg collision would only cause minimal damage. The SS United States had watertight compartments that extended an unprecedented 40 feet above the waterline, and she had 20 compartments as opposed to Titanic’s 16. The SS United States even had a “redundant” engine room, so that if one of her engine rooms flooded, the other could still operate and generate electricity for the ship. If the SS United States had ever suffered comparable catastrophic damage to the Titanic, the ship would not have broken apart because her superstructure was made of aluminum — much more flexible than steel and not requiring any expansion joints. Many ships of Titanic’s era were also destroyed by fire, rather than collision damage. Taking this into account, the SS United States was built almost completely fireproof. Utilizing many new materials invented for use in World War 2, it was said that the only wood aboard the SS United States were the “pianos and the butcher’s blocks”. William Francis Gibbs, the vessel’s designer, only allowed mahogany pianos on board after Theodore Steinway succeeded in demonstrating his pianos’ fire-resistant qualities by dousing one of them in gasoline and setting it alight.
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