The White Star Line was a famous shipping company that had been constructing ships since 1870. They had been planning for 3 sister ships. These Olympic-class vessels would be near-identical to each other, and together they would rank as the largest ships in the world. They would each have 4 funnels, as a rare and signature feature. These ships would be used as an ocean service to-and-from England to New York. Hundreds of men, several years, and millions of dollars were used for these dream ships to be built.
White Star Line's sister ships:
When the Titanic was finished in 1912, she became the "new" biggest ship, just slightly larger than her first sister. (However, after the Titanic sank, the Olympic was once again the largest.)
The Britannic was finished 2 years later in 1914, and was actually the biggest of all 3 sister ships, outweighing even the Titanic. Instead of being used to carry cargo and passengers, the Britannic was a hospital ship for World War I.
These 3 ships, although they were very similar, still weren't exactly identical. There were structural changes and modifications made to each of the 3 vessels. Below is a comparison chart of the White Star Line's Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic.
June 14, 1911
852.5 x 92.5 feet
2,435 maximum passengers
April 10, 1912
882 x 92 feet
3,547 maximum passengers
December 23, 1915
852 x 94 feet
2,579 maximum passengers
I thought it was a neat fact that during the Titanic's short lifespan, she was able to "meet" her sister ship, the Olympic. This photo shows them docked side-by-side in Belfast, on March 6th, 1912. The ships were nearly the same size, so the picture doesn't show an accurate angle of what they looked like in comparison. The Titanic never had a chance to meet her other sister ship, the Britannic, which wouldn't be built for a while longer. The only reason that the Titanic and Olympic were together here, is because the Titanic was still being built at that time, and the Olympic was in Belfast for repairs from a minor wreck.
Stay tuned for more details about the Titanic, coming tomorrow!