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The Tragic Ending of The Titanic

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It has been more than a century since the Royal Mail Steamer, Titanic, met its tragic ending the Atlantic Ocean, during its voyage to America. Instead of reaching New York, its final destination was in the deep ocean on April 15, 1912. Titanic’s creators believed the ship was “unsinkable” ship and could not be defeated by the laws of nature (Ryan 28). This boldness explains the emotional impact the sinking had on the public. There was a disbelief that the ship could have sunk due to slow and unreliable communication. Many newspapers in the beginning reported that the ship had collided with an iceberg and but remained floating and was being towed to port with everyone on board (Reade 23). It took many hours for truth to become available, people still had trouble accepting that ship could sink with taking more than 1,500 lives. In 1906, J. Bruce Ismay, chief executive of White Star, discussed the construction of three large ships with shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff (Gill 32). Wanting to create extraordinary ships that would each measure 882 feet long in length and 92 feet wide, making them the largest steamships of that time (Gill 32). In March 1909, they started on the second of those ships, Titanic, and built nonstop until the spring of 1911 (Gill 32). On May 31, 1911, the Titanic, the largest movable manmade object in the world, sailed into the River Lagan in Belfast. More than 100,000 people attended the first launching, which took just over a minute. In the morning of April 10, 1912, 914 passengers boarded the Titanic from Southampton, England; by noon, the ship was heading to Cherbourg, France next Queenstown, Ireland. At these stops, a few dozen got off and an about a hundred got on by the time the Titanic left Queen... ... middle of paper ... ...ic>. "Titanic Passenger List First Class Passengers". Encyclopedia Titanica. Retrieved 24 November 2008. Paul Rogers. "The Titanic and the Indifferent Stranger". Encyclopedia-titanica.org. Retrieved 2014-03-28. Canfield, Clarke (8 March 2012). "Full Titanic site mapped for 1st time". The Associated Press. Retrieved 29 March 2014. Ryan, Paul R. (Winter 1985/86). "The Titanic Tale". Oceanus (Woods Hole, MA: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) 4 (28). "New Titanic Belfast complex opens". BBC News. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014. Mersey, Lord (1999) [1912]. The Loss of the Titanic, 1912. The Stationery Office. ISBN 978-0-11-702403-8. Gill, Anton (2010). Titanic : the real story of the construction of the world's most famous ship. Channel 4 Books. ISBN 978-1-905026-71-5. The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912," EyeWitness to History www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2000).
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