The Titanic: The R. M's Titanic

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1291 words
1291 words

The R.M.S Titanic, at the time was one of the largest ships of all time. The actual meaning of Titanic is of exceptional strength, size, or power. Perfect name for a ship that was declared unsinkable, at that point in time. "Striking the water was like a thousand knives being driven into one's body. The temperature was 28 degrees, four degrees below freezing." -Charles Lightoller, Second Officer aboard Titanic. From the disaster to the movie, the sinking of the Titanic remains one of the most famous tragedies in history. The ocean has icebergs and ships may hit them but the preparation for this situation is the key. The most common tell-tale sign for a lookout on iceberg watch is the surf along the waterline of the iceberg. On a calm night such as that of 14 April 1912, this tell-tale clue would not have been present. Without it, the lookouts did not sight the iceberg until it was quite close. The Titanic was one of the most incredible ship liners ever built by man. Titanic was equipped with three main engines—two reciprocating four-cylinder, triple-expansion steam engines and one centrally placed low-pressure Parsons turbine—each driving a propeller. It provided a good combination of performance and speed. (“RMS Titanic.”) …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the r.m.s titanic, at the time, was one of the largest ships of all time.
  • Explains that the most common tell-tale sign for a lookout on iceberg watch is the surf along the waterline.
  • Explains that the titanic was finally ready for her departure on april 10 1912. delays occurred due to the olympics collision with the hms hawke in september 1911 and in february the olympic also lost a propeller.
  • Describes the titanic as the world's fastest ship, with its individualized watertight compartments, and its outrageously expensive items.
  • Explains that the first class lounge was decorated in the french louis xv style. the walls were covered with "boiseries" which gave the room a distinct symmetry.
  • Explains that the engine room staff were housed on the starboard side at the forward end of the ship. they stayed below in the boiler rooms, keeping the steam up to keep the generators running
  • Explains that edward john smith, the captain of the titanic, was born in hanley, stoke-on-trent in 1850 and served aboard the company's freight liners around the world.
  • Explains that the world's richest and most elite sailed on the titanic, only they could afford the parlor suites.
  • Explains that a lifeboat drill was scheduled to take place on board the titanic on april 14, 1912, but captain smith canceled it for unknown reasons.
  • Explains that the ilulissat ice shelf on the west coast of greenland is believed to be the most likely place from which the titanic iceberg originated.
  • Opines that ships don't care about heaviest storms, but fog is what they fear. icebergs melt faster under water than on the surface, and a sharp, low reef stretches two or three hundred feet beneath the sea.
  • Explains that the titanic originally was designed to carry 64 lifeboats, but ended up carrying 20 on her maiden voyage. the iceberg sliced through six compartmets.
  • Analyzes the time it took the great liner to sink, allowing hundreds of minor dramas to be played out on her ever-more-sloping decks, but not long enough for help to arrive.
  • Explains that the wireless operator sent distress signals as the titanic was sinking. the s.s californian was the closest ship to the site. captain stanley lord refused to respond.
  • Explains that there were essentially twenty lifeboats aboard titanic. the s.s carpathia was the only hope for survivors, and the story of the tragic wreck continues to fascinate people worldwide

Delays had occurred as a result of the Olympics collision with the HMS Hawke in September 1911 and in February the Olympic also lost a propeller. The owners wanted to see the Olympic operational before the Titanic. Also that year there was a coal strike. A severe problem for any transatlantic liner because ships like the Titanic would consume over 600 tons of coal a day. To partially solve the problem, coal was taken from other ships like the Adriatic and Oceanic to stock up the coal bunkers for the Titanic's voyage.(Titanic’s Maiden

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