Titanic ‘smaller than people think’

Despite its popular image of vastness the Titanic was no bigger than a modern North Sea ferry.

The doomed liner was the largest ship afloat when it was completed in 1912, but a gas processing vessel to be finished in 2016 will be six and a half times its size and some giant cruise ships are almost five times bigger than Titanic.

Paul Stott, a senior lecturer at Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science and Technology, raised the issue because it has a relevance to another, more recent disaster, the loss of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy two years ago.

Reports of the ongoing salvage operation frequently refer to the vessel being around twice as large of the Titanic, he said in the Mariner’s Mirror journal.

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