On the morning of May 7th, 1915 the Lusitania had over 1,859 passengers, but later that evening it had only 661. The Lusitania went down in history for its last voyage. It can also be known as a disaster that sunk in 18 minutes and that is still under water today.
It still strikes people's interest till this day. Many many lives were taken. This devastating event that left a mark into today's history that researchers still invest their time in. “The sinking of the titanic was a mixture of bad luck and terrible management. This page outlines the timeline of events that led to the Titanic's sinking on April 14, 1912” (The Sinking of Titanic).
The Titanic was a White Star Ocean Liner. The name Titanic means gigantic and she was the largest ocean liner of the time when she was launched. The Titanic had two sister ships, the Brittanic and the Olympic, that were similar being large and luxurious. The Titanic was built at Harland Wolff Shipyard by the White Star Line. Lord William Pirrie was a director of both Harland Wolff and White Star. His company was responsible for hiring workers and general construction. Thomas Andrews was a naval architect who created the architectural design and layout of the Titanic. Alexander Carlisle was the shipyard’s general manager. He provided the space at Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Ireland where the boat could be successfully built.
The Lusitania was sunk on May 1, 1915 on its way from Liver Pool to New York. It was hit by a German torpedo and was sunk within 18 minutes. The ship was British, but on board were Americans. One thousand and nineteen of the original 1,924 died, 114 being American men. The sinking aggravated Americans and President Wilson to protest against Germany. Germany proclaimed, in September, that ships will be sunk only with foregoing warning and the convenient safeguard for passengers. Nonetheless, America’s resentment towards Germany was set in stone. Two year later America declared war.
In 1907 a man named J. Bruce Ismay, who was the manager of White Star Lines went to a dinner party at the mansion of the wealthy William James Pierre. Pierre was a chairman to one of the largest shipbuilding companies in Belfast, Harland and Wolff. At dinner the two discussed luxury ships like the Lusitania and the Mauretania. These two liners were more luxurious and faster than any other liner ever made and that was bad news for Ismay and Pierre. It was a problem because Cunard Lines, the maker of these two luxury ships, was White Star Lines’ only competition. By the time dinner was over they had made up a plan to build three ‘Olympic’ class ships. These ships would be fifteen hundred gross tons larger and about one hundred feet longer than the Lusitania and the Mauretania. The building of the Titanic and the Olympic were to start immediately, with the Britannic to follow in the coming years. On July 29, 1908 White Star owners approved the design plan for the three ships. The final price cost of each ship was approximately seven million five hundred dollars. In order to build the ships, new special made slips had to be made to be able to carry their weight. On March 31, 1909 the construction on the Titanic began. The ships would all feature compartments that would seal off sections of the ship that may have taken on water in case of a collision. These compartments were a part of the brand new idea of a watertight compartment system. The Titanic was to be the most lavish of the three luxury vessels. It was to have ankle-deep beautiful carpet, wonderfully detailed ornamental carvings on the floor and ceiling. The Titanic was finished on February 3, 1912. (Domont, www.geocites…; Acheson, www.museum.gov)
In 1910, a glacier off the west coast of Greenland calved an iceberg that would become a chilling part of history. During the night of April 14, 1912, the Iceberg, as it would become known, carved a fatal slice into the Titanic, and the ship that people said "God himself could not sink" became the "greatest sea disaster of all time."
Two of the most deadliest disasters to ever occur were the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and the sinking of the Titanic. When Mount Vesuvius exploded it destroyed the town below known as pompeii, many people were buried in ash and suffocated to death, very few people made it away from this horrifying disaster. This buried city was lost and forgotten for decades, until it was finally found again buried underneath many feet of ash. The Titanic was labeled the fanciest ship ever built, many important and rich people were aboard this “unsinkable ship”, nobody thought anything could go wrong, that's when disaster struck, the ship hit an iceberg and was sinking. People rushed into lifeboats trying to escape before death, many did not make it onto
1912 - Titanic collide an ice berg and sinks. The whole ocean liner industry is adjusted and restore as a honest result. Since Titanic not one simple passenger has lost their life due to an ice berg.