They just builds ’er and shoves ’er in

The Titanic was launched in Belfast on May 31, 1911. The White Star Line didn’t believe in christening its ships with champagne; as a shipyard worker commented to a watching journalist, “They just builds ’er and shoves ’er in”.

Today’s the launch day for my book, The Rough Guide to the Titanic.

The book took a year to write. And now that I’ve built ’er, I’m shoving ’er in . . .

Today’s also launch day for Blogtanic. As the centenary of the disaster approaches, I’ll be using this blog to spotlight upcoming events; review the latest Titanic books, movies and TV programmes; and share stories from the final days of the great liner.

If you’re arranging an event, or commemorating the anniversary in some other way, contact me at, follow @rgtitanic on Twitter, or simply leave a comment here.

In the meantime, to celebrate launch day, here’s the oldest surviving Titanic movie, In Nacht und Eis, a wonderful silent melodrama made within weeks of the disaster and long thought to have been lost.

2 thoughts on “They just builds ’er and shoves ’er in

  1. Good luck with the blog. Really looking forward to reading more. And thanks for posting Nacht und Eis – fascinating. Were there hundreds of other films like this being made at the time?

  2. Apparently the movie theatres were filled with cobbled-together “newsreels” consisting of montages of liners setting off to sea, lumps of ice bobbing in the water, and even a bit of real-life footage of Captain Smith from a couple of years earlier. When Nacht Und Eis was released, four months after the disaster, a German trade paper reported that films about the Titanic “don’t attract audiences any more”!

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