The Titanic cost the equivalent of about $193 million in today’s money to build and was completed in April 1912. Some 3,000 men had worked on the project, using around three million rivets in the gigantic ocean liner’s construction. Eight shipyard workers had met their ends during the building of the vessel, too.
Then on April 10, 1912, the Titanic – by now berthed at the English port of Southampton – embarked upon its maiden voyage. The ship’s first brief port of call was Cherbourg in France, and this was followed by a second short stop, at the Irish port of Queenstown – today known as Cobh.
After that final docking in Ireland, the ship had an approximate total of 2,224 crew and passengers on board. The Titanic then headed off into the open Atlantic Ocean on a course for its final destination: New York City. But as we know, it would never arrive there.