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Construction of the Titanic commenced in 1909 in Belfast, Ireland, by the ship-building company Harland & Wolff. Titanic was one of three ships built by Harland & Wolff and the British shipping company White Star Line. Shipbuilders worked tirelessly for two years to create the mammoth structure that was to become the Titanic, and eight workers died during its construction. After the ship was finished in 1912, the Titanic was set for its maiden voyage in early April.

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Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry

construct

Verb

to build or erect.

construction

Noun

arrangement of different parts.

engineering

Noun

the art and science of building, maintaining, moving, and demolishing structures.

ocean

Noun

large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.

Encyclopedic Entry: ocean

Titanic

Noun

luxury cruise ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912.

voyage

Noun

long journey or trip.

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