The lifeboats of the RMS Titanic played a crucial role in the disaster of 14–15 April 1912. The ship had 20 lifeboats that could only accommodate 1,178 people, despite the fact that there were approximately 2,208 on board. The main lifeboats were built by Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast at the same time that the Titanic was constructed, each measuring 30ft long with a capacity to carry up to 65 persons. They were designed for maximum seaworthiness, with a double-ended design, effectively having two bows.
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