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One of the most famous and well-known maritime disasters involving passenger liners took place during the early part of the twentieth 20th century. The Titanic sank with a huge loss of life in the early hours of April 14, 1912. The story of this ship still fascinates people, and many historians have written books about the liner’s short life and death.
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)
Overall, the Titanic disaster was one of the worst maritime disasters in history. Many people called it “the ship of dreams,” yet it turned out to be a nightmare. That was an achievement of arrogance and greed. A man once said 'Remember, a lone amateur built the Ark, yet a large group of professionals built the Titanic.'(Dave Barry) Ninety-nine years since the disaster and it sits in some peoples mind, as a reminder. Although we do not know, it will stay with us for many more years.
The Titanic was a massive ship that every man dreamed of the ‘unsinkable’ ship left people devastated, killed or injured. The Titanic ended tragically. “On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, carrying 2,207 passengers en route to New York. Unfortunately, the ship never made it to its final destination” (Titanic
“The orchestra belonging to the first cabin assembled on deck as the liner was going down and played ‘Nearer My God to Thee.’ – Miss C. Bounnell, first class survivor” (Deitz). The Titanic wined and dined the elite in all of its extravagance, but soon came to a tragic end with its mysterious sinking. The ship was proclaimed to be unsinkable and that no known accident of the sea could ever sink the ship; however, we all know that was proven wrong (SV; CA, SV.). Life on the ship was nothing short of spectacular with the most expensive ticket costing $4,350, around $100,000 today (“Titanic”).
“...the TItanic hit the iceberg at 11:40 pm and sank at 2:20 am” (Lord 173). April 12, 1912 marked the night the RMS Titanic vanished into the vast Atlantic Ocean. The Titanic only had enough lifeboats for ⅓ of the 2208 people on board. This survival rate is so meager because the appearance of the Titanic was more salient than its passengers’ safety. Captain Edward Smith figured all the necessary amount of lifeboats would look “cluttered” on deck. The Titanic also had the prominent title of “unsinkable ship” because of that, the captain thought lifeboats wouldn’t be needed but indeed they were. The impact of the lifeboat shortage on the Titanic forced the captain to call the BirkenHead drill, caused men to dress as women, and brought passengers to participate in bribery.
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 R.M.S Titanic, at the time was one of the largest ships of all time. The actual
One night, things took the wrong turn. On April 15, 1912 , in the early hours, The Titanic was in the Northern Atlantic Ocean was suddenly it struck an iceberg. Just off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, the iceberg ripped a tear in the hull of the ship causing tons of water to rush in. Once the crew announced what had happened, the passengers went chaotic. Everyone was screaming and trying stay safe. Now since The Titanic was supposed to be “unsinkable”, they had only put twenty lifeboats on the ship. The crew was trying to maintain everyone but it was not happening. The crew had decided to let women and children on the lifeboats first. But, they were not even filling up half the boats.They had let First and Second class get on the lifeboats first, so that led to many Third class lives lost. As the ship started to sink more, the tilt of it became more apparent, causing more passengers to panic, but Captain Smith remained with the same orders , ‘Women and Children first”. At 2:20 in the morning, The Titanic took it’s final plunge into the cold water, leaving more than 1,500 lost their lives in the
The ship, R.M.S Titanic, has been popular several different times in a little over 100 years. The first time in April 1912 when it first sailed for North America. This great ship was said to be unsinkable. Many errors led to the major tragedy of the Titanic, including the life boats were not all there or filled as much as they should have been, the ship tried to go full speed to break the iceberg, and the Californian ship did not respond the Carpathia had saved the rest.