The whole day was spent doing stop/start tests, turning circle tests. Running tests, all while the board of trade inspector monitored the ship performance along with inspecting the passenger and crew accomodation and navigation equipment, along with safety features such as the lifeboats and water tight bulkheads. At about 7pm she arrived in Belfast for the last time and completed her final test, that of dropping & raising both anchors. After that the board of trade inspector signed the certificate "Good for service for one year today - 02/04/12" before disembarking.
After a near uneventful 600 mile journey to Southampton she was met by tugs and moored up in White Star Line's new Berth 44 (made specifically for her) where she would remain for the next 7 days.
Titanic countdown... 13 days remain to her foundering.
P.S. I'm a Titanic buff so will be updating this thread daily :p _________________ 1971 MGB GT (V8 project)
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Joined: 03 Dec 2007 Posts: 305 Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:40 pm Post subject:
and only ninety years before Cameron made a simply awful film about her. don't get me wrong; Cameron's done some smashing work... and he's spent millions doing deep sea research diving... but....
the film(??) was bloody tiresome and plodding and while it had beautiful sets and effects.... like the real Titanic, it sank in about an hour.... yet, it lasted for nearly three. _________________ nothing is ever so far gone as to be unsalvageable. see this bolt?.....
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Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:24 pm Post subject:
The trouble with making a film like the Cameron one is that you need some appeal to the non-techies and that probably constitutes more than 75% of the population. You have to recover the cost of the lavish sets somehow.
For those who haven't been there a trip to The White Swan Hotel in Alnwick is well worth it. They have a dining room and staircase fitted out with the woodwork from the Olympic which was almost identical to the Titanic.
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