Found November 18, 2012 on Checkerboard Chatter:
  On July 29, 1908, Harland and Wolff (builders) presented drawings for an Olympic-class ocean liner to White Star Line Executives.  Shortly thereafter, papers were signed, and construction began on the $7.5 million (approximately $400 million today) behemoth known as the Titanic.  The world had never seen a vessel the likes of the Titanic.  From its massive size to its plush amenities, it was state-of-the-art in every detail.  After the deal was inked for construction of the Titanic, countless workers toiled for 26 months to complete the beautiful ship.   After building such an incredibly expensive vessel, the Titanic brass only wanted to hand the Sea Captain duties to someone who could successfully navigate her on her maiden voyage from Queenstown to New York City (April 10, 1912).   Enter Edward Smith, Sea Captain at your service.  We all know what happened next. the Titanic struck an iceberg four days into the crossing approximately 375 miles south of Newfoundland.  A massiv...
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