Before Construction Could start on Olympic and Titanic Harland & Wolf first had to build the largest gantry system in the world to build these ships. Olympic was built first and Titanic was started 3 months later, also below you can see the inside of the drafting dept. where all plans were laid out, note the huge sky lights above providing plenty of light this building is still standing but is abandoned. During construction on another site men hand- made the 20 life boats for Titanic, enough for 1,178 people. Originally she was supposed to have 32 boats.