The Titanic: The Birth of a New Generation and its Terrible Destruction

explanatory Essay
1188 words
1188 words

What explains our nationalized passion with the Titanic? Why do so few historical events grip the heart in the same way? What really caused the great ocean liner to sink into its grave? There have been many great disasters. Some have resulted in a drastically higher death toll and level of damage to a property. The epic creation and then unfortunate sinking of the Titanic has proven that no ship is “unsinkable,” and that people underestimated the chances of ever having to worry about the safety of the ship.
The British-based White Star Line had gone through a number of changes since its formation in 1850. The company had turned its attention to oceangoing passenger steamships when Thomas Henry Ismay purchased it in 1867. Ismay’s first ship, the Oceanic, completed by the Belfast shipbuilding firm of Harland and Wolff in 1871, introduced innovations, like promenade decks, that greatly increased passenger comfort and became the rule on subsequent liners. When Ismay died in 1899, his 38-year-old son, J. Bruce Ismay, took over the company.
J. Bruce Ismay had a real sense of both “business and style” says Marc Shapiro in Total Titanic. Together with Lord W. J. Pirrie, the chairman of Harland and Wolff, he considered a proposal by American financial wizard, J. P. Morgan, to buy White Star Line as part of a scheme to unite all Atlantic shipping lines in one trust. In 1902, Morgan purchased the White Star Line for his International Mercantile Marine and installed J. Bruce Ismay as the company’s president, in 1904.
At a 1907 dinner party, Ismay proposed the construction of two luxury-class ocean liners, to be known as the Olympic class, to go head to head with the Cunard Line for the well-paid Atlantic passenger trade. A third shi...

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...forgettable liner’s story for generations to come.

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains the nationalized passion with the titanic, and why so few historical events grip the heart in the same way. the epic creation and unfortunate sinking of the titanic proves that no ship is "unsinkable."
  • Explains that the british-based white star line had gone through a number of changes since its formation in 1850. ismay's first ship, the oceanic, introduced innovations that greatly increased passenger comfort and became the rule on subsequent liners.
  • Explains that ismay had a real sense of both "business and style" in total titanic. together with lord w. j. pirrie, the chairman of harland and wolff, he considered morgan's proposal to buy white star line.
  • Explains that ismay proposed the construction of two luxury-class ocean liners to go head-to-head with the cunard line for the well-paid atlantic passenger trade.
  • Explains that ismay and morgan signed a contract with harland and wolff for the construction of the three luxury liners named olympic, britannic, and titanic.
  • Explains that titanic's estimated speed included 46,000 horsepower capacity and is estimated to be capable of twenty-four knots at full speed.
  • Explains that the maiden voyage was originally scheduled for march 20, 1912, but due to some of the olympic's accidents, it was moved to april 10, 1912. there were three flags flying on the day of voyage, british red ensign, stars and stripes, and
  • Explains that captain edward j. smith had been the captain for previous white star ships, including the olympic, and announced that the titanic's maiden voyage would be his last before retirement.
  • Explains that the titanic set port to new york city on april 10, 1912, at 12:15:02 p.m. the band was playing "britannia rules the waves" as departing.
  • Explains that j. p. morgan had planned on going on the voyage, but decided not to twenty-four hours before departure. lord pirrie, one of the titanic owners, caught pneumonia and sent thomas andrews, chief ship builder, in his place.
  • Describes captain smith's decision to cancel the drill for a sinking ship on april 14, 1912. he picked up speed, and held mass for the passengers that morning.
  • Describes how a lookout saw that patches of stars were missing, realizing that it was an iceberg just 500 feet away. crewmembers were told to wake up the passengers and get to the lifeboats because the ship was rapidly sinking.
  • Explains that the crew shot flare guns to signal a ship in the distance for help, but they shot up white flare instead of red because white means white star line, while red means help.
  • Describes how the titanic broke in half, and the stern stayed afloat for some time, but eventually sank. it took three hours for both parts of the ship to reach the bottom.
  • Explains that after the carpathia arrived at sunrise, they recorded names to see what the casualties were. "titanic facts" states there had been 2,223 passengers all together, but now there were only 706 passengers who survived and 1,517 who lost their lives.
  • Explains that since the tragedy of the titanic, there have been some new rules for cruise liners, and other ships.
  • Explains the nationalized passion for the titanic and how it grew to be the most unforgettable ship ever made.
  • Describes the works cited in "titanic." history. arts and entertainment television networks, llc. 1996-2014.
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