The Titanic had a truly exquisite design. One of the most majestic features was the Grand Staircase. There were 416 First Class rooms, 162 Second Class rooms, and 262 Third Class rooms. Some features available to first class passengers were the 7 ft. deep saltwater pool, gymnasium, squash court, electric bath, steam room, cool room, massage room, and hot room.
The Titanic’s design was one of the reasons the ship was considered unsinkable. It was designed to float, even if four rooms flooded. The hull was divided into 16 watertight compartments. These compartments offered passengers a sense of security, and they were also used as a marketing too because they convinced passengers that the ship was safe.
Ismay had the designers make many questionable changes that made the ship look nicer, but compromised the safety of the ship. He decided to reduce the number of lifeboats from 48 to 16, saying, “People don’t pay to look at lifeboats”. However, this was a legal number of lifeboats at the time. He also lowered the bulkhead, which made the ship more prone to flooding. He made the Grand Staircase bigger for looks, which also increased the probability of sinking. It took about 26 months to build the Titanic and over 15,000 men were involved in the construction of the Titanic.
One of the questions that historians are discussing is “was Titanic a weak ship?” Some may say that due to the compromises in design such as the designers lowering the bulkhead and decreasing the number of lifeboats made the Titanic unsafe and prone to sinking. However, others may argue that the freak accident that sunk Titanic would have sunk any ship. Six compartments flooded, and the Titanic would have stayed afloat even if four compartments flooded.