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Titanic's Fresh Water Tanks Return to Diagram

Titanic carried 14,000 gallons of drinking water on board. The fresh water tanks were above the tank top to help prevent freezing, the other water tanks were below the orlop deck where the engines, boilers and coal bunkers were located. There was a total of 6,000 tons of water onboard, that included the fresh water supply and water used for the boilers and the ship's ballast as the coal supply depleted.

The tank shown in the photo above was an external tank that were stored in rooms near the forward and aft well decks. The main fresh water tanks were actually in the tank top area (below the engines and above the keel) There were six permanently mounted fresh water tanks under holds 1-6.

Source: Edward Wilding testimony, British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry

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