Titanic's Docking Bridge Return to Diagram
The photo (above left) is of Titanic's docking bridge taken at Queenstown, Ireland. This bridge located at the stern of the ship was used during docking and when the ship was being assisted by tug boats. (These were the days before bow thrusters and azimuth propeller units) When not in use, the wheel (center) was covered. The telegraphs seen one on each side of the wheel relayed both docking and engine orders to the navigating bridge forward. The box with the open door seen above is the telephone that was used to communicate with the bridge.
The photo (above right) shows where the docking bridge was located at the stern (rear) of the ship in front of the flag. It extended across the entire beam (width) of the deck.
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