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The Sinking of the Titanic: How It Could Have Been Prevented?

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The maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic will always be a day marked in history as a night to remember. Why did the Titanic not make it to her port in New York City from her trek across the Atlantic Ocean? The Titanic was designed to take passengers from England, France and Ireland to North America (Gunner). What happened that night the Titanic sank down to her cold watery grave to the bottom North Atlantic? Was it from the design of the ship or perhaps from poor building materials, human naivety and error; or simply a combination of all of these things? The Titanic’s sinking was a combination of all these things but mostly from human naivety and error with their belief of the ship to be unsinkable.
The Titanic was built by White Star Lines under the management of J. Bruce Ismay. He had the Belfast shipbuilders Harland and Wolff build the Titanic along with two other ships. The ship builders worked nine hours each day for six days out of the week until the Titanic was finished being built. On April 10, 1912 the RMS Titanic began her maiden voyage (Gunner).
The massive ship was about 880 feet long, ninety feet in breadth, weighed about 52,300 tons, and had 4.6 million cubic feet of space (Gunner). The Titanic was supposed to be watertight, and for safety elements, it had sixteen watertight compartments separated by doors that were automatic or could be controlled by the crew. It had twenty-nine boilers with 159 furnaces, and a maximum speed of twenty-four knots. The ship was built with two layers of steel to provide extra strength, this was called having a double bottom hull. (Levinson 144).
The Titanic left port to begin its maiden voyage on April 10th, 1912. It left from Southampton, England and was due to arrive on April 17th, 1...

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...en aloud, and for the fact that they never had their lifeboat drills so they were unsure of the weight capacity. All of these things mixed together had all contributed to a great catastrophe that will go down in history as “the night to remember.”

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