Titanic Titanic When people hear the name Titanic many vivid and emotional images come to mind. Visions of the very last yet frantic final moments titanic spent afloat before sinking to its watery grave miles below the surface. No one however pictures everything that had happened before and after the great liner sank, or the passengers and crew who were doomed to be aboard the massive ship. Many factors made what was titanic, her crew the passengers and the inevitable crash. The story of titanic started in Belfast, Ireland where hundreds of hard working men spent countless hours building what was at 46,328 gross tonnage the largest moving object at the time. The R.M.S. Titanic was owned by American tycoon J.P.

Morgan, but was being operated on the British owned White Star line. The ship was reported to have cost some where between $7,500,000 – $10,000,000. It was to be Bruce Ismays crowning achievement and at 882 ? feet long and 100 feet high it truly was. Mr. Thomas Andrews the ship designer gave her a revolutionary layout, and it appears that titanic was built to accommodate up to 64 lifeboats yet had only 16 aboard and 4 collapsible lifeboats were added last minute giving a life boat capacity of only 1,176. Now we come to the passengers and crew who were aboard the ill-fated liner.

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The captain was Edward James Smith a very reputable and respected captain. The maiden voyage was to be Captain Smiths last and he has even been quoted as saying “nothing exciting ever happens on my trips”. As Titanic was the ship of al ships her passengers were the whose who of the world. Aboard were American millionaire John Jacob Astor and his wife, Mr. and Mrs.

Isador Strauss, Mr. Benjamin Guggenheim and his mistress, the “unsinkable” Molly Brown and the Countess of Rothes. As it seems the massive liner was doomed to infamy from the very beginning. At on Wednesday April 10, 1912 the R.M.S. Titanic started to depart from Southampton on its way to New York City.

Just as titanic left port a dangerous suction started and pulled another ship the New York into a crash course with the immense ship and it wasnt until the last possible minute that a huge surge of water pushed the New York out of harms way. Yet just as it seemed that disaster was averted another major problem started. In coal bunker # 5 spontaneous combustion caused a very destructive fire that took 3 days to extinguish. Mr. Andrews was sent to examine the damages and reported that the fire compromised the steel and could have possible damaged the airtight compartments.

The next topic needed to cover is the controversial events leading up to and including the crash on April 14, 1912. The day started out with clear weather and with the boat at a full 22 ? knots what seemed to be smooth sailing, but nothing could have prepared them for what would happen later that night. That night the temperature suddenly dropped down t a chilling 31 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of only 0 degrees Fahrenheit in the crows nest. Titanic was travelling too fast in condition so dangerous that other ships had stopped for the night. At 10:00 p.m.

Frederick Fleet took his place as look out in the crows nest, with only one problem his binoculars had been missing since leaving Southampton 4 days earlier. At 11:40 p.m. that night everything was calm including the usually turbulent ocean, but the calm was suddenly shattered by what is now one of the most famous quotes ever “Iceberg right ahead”. Almost immediately Officer Murdoch ordered the ship to full reverse and hard to port which basically means to turn left. One major design flaw came into play here, the rudders were too small so the ship did not turn in time and so the ship hit the iceberg on her starboard side leaving a tiny trail of small punctures in the hull.

These small breaks were all that was needed to seal the fate of titanic and her passengers for now over 400 tons of water was pouring in every minute. As soon as the reality of everything set in Mr. Andrews was sent to inspect that damage caused by the iceberg, the results were almost unbelievable. The iceberg caused 5 of the 16 airtight compartments to fill with water, one more that ever imagined in any accident. Mr.

Andrews conclusion was that the ship everyone said, “G-D himself could not sink” was going to be at the bottom of the ocean in a matter of hours. With this tragic news the crew was instructed to start evacuating the boat women and children first and so a little past mid-night the 1st class was being awaken to head towards the lifeboats. At 12:10 a.m. Captain Smith ordered the Marconi operators to send out a distress call that the ship was sinking by the head. One of the first ships to respond was the German Ship the Frankfort, but because it was operated by a competitor the operators ignored all of the Frankforts messages.

A nearby ship the Californian was with in eyesight but the operators were off duty and asleep. Finally at 12:45 a.m. the Carpathia responded but they were over 4 hours away. By now everyone was aware of their impending doom and chaos was starting to break out, but through it all many people came to terms with their fate and accepted it. Mr.

Guggenheim and his valet dressed in their best an were prepared to go down as gentlemen, Mr. and Mrs. Strauss laid in their suite in what was to be a final embrace. Though some found peace many were frantic and beginning to become desperate, but the ships musicians played non-stop in order to calm the passengers. What made all matters worse was that the life boat capacity was only that of ? the passengers and crew on board. Their was 318 1st class, 262 2nd class, 740 3rd class passengers and 860 officers and crew on board a total of 2180 souls, 2180 and only 1,176 were to be saved if all seats were filled.

This was a very scary and confusing time so one cannot put blame on the crew but they were sending lifeboats able t fit 65 heavy men filled with only 12 people in some out to sea. At 2:15 the ship stern was submerged at an 80 degree angle in the water and at 2:17 all power to titanic had failed. Just as the horrid sight of the once grand ship adhering straight up sunk in the minds of all watching the sturdy hull began to give way and the immense body off titanic split in two and the stern came crashing back down to the surface. Slowly the stern began an eerie decent into the ocean which some described as similar to an elevator ride. The once load roaring of the ships destruction now turned into the painful cries of 1,500 men, women and children who were now battling to stay alive in the freezing ocean water.

As most survivors testified to the most haunting noise was not the breaking or even the shrieking of all those waiting to die in the ocean but the unearthly silence once everyone eventually froze to death. It wasnt for hours that the Titanics sister ship the Carpathia finally arrived and pulled aboard only a little over 700 survivors. News headlines around the world soon read of how the Unsinkable titanic perished in the night and how over 1,500 souls came to an untimely end in the middle of the North Atlantic. Most of the blame was placed on Bruce Ismay who was reportedly the man who ordered to ignore the ice warning and for the ship to gain speed. Reports however of how the ship sank widely varied, some said the boilers exploded some said the ship was in one piece and some said that crew men were so panicked that they were shooting men who got unruly.

No one knew what had happened or even the exact location of the wreckage until a joint U.S. French expedition discovered titanic 1,600 miles NE of New York, 95 miles south Grandbanks Newfoundland @ 41.16 degrees N. latitude and 50.14 degrees W. longitude. The expedition surveyed and photographed the wreckage and reported that the ship had indeed broke in two and laid about ? a mile apart.

In July 1986 a 3-man U.S. exploration team in Alvin submersibles once again surveyed and photographed the wreckage. It wasnt until a controversial French salvage team in 1987 began collecting artifacts from the ocean floor. They collected glasses, dishes, jewelry, suitcases, currency, and a bunch of little insignificant objects. This caused a major uproar what the scientist called preserving many people considered grave desecration, yet through all the protests the artifacts were displayed in Paris in September 1987. Till this day scientist flock to titanic in order to determine what happened and why, there are even countless movies which depict almost every theory of what happened out today. With all the pain and suffering that surrounded titanic no one stops and looks at what good came out of the tragedy. Due to all the faults aboard the Titanic there are now laws which state that there must be lifeboat seats for all passengers on board.

There must be full time maintenance and operating crews on radio watch while at sea. There must be lifeboat evacuation drills and there has been an international ice patrol set up. So now when people hear the name Titanic they can vision not only the crash and the anguish it caused but they also can envision the what went into titanic, the people who lost their lives that unfortunate night, and the great achievements that came about because of it.


One of the greatest news headlines of all times was actually never supposed to happen. The shocking news of the sunken ocean liner the Titanic shocked millions. The sinking itself probably wouldn’t have even mattered except that the builders themselves said that the ship simply could not sink. The news not only hit the United States, but countries everywhere were saddened to hear the news of “The Unsinkable” and its grave end.
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)
The Titanic set out on its fateful voyage on May 31st, 1911 from Southampton to New York. On the way she stopped in Cherbourg and Queenstown. On the Titanic’s voyage numerous iceberg warnings were received, warning them to turn around or choose another route to get to their destination. At approximately 11:40 P.M. the lookouts of the Titanic, which was moving around 20 knots, sight a gigantic iceberg straight in their course. The warning bell is immediately sounded. Quick after, Sixth Officer Moody relays the message to First Officer Murdoch who calls the engine room and tells the engineers to turn off the engines and turn the ship hard. Thirty-seven seconds of heart stopping time later, the iceberg strikes the ship on the starboard bow side. The impact is not noticed by most of the passengers. After some time it is reported to the Capitan that the ship is taking on water rapidly, flooding the holds and boiler rooms. Thomas Andrews, Capitan Smith’s assistant, calculates how much longer the ship can stay afloat and the estimation was two and a half hours only. The ship sends out distress signals, and many ships hear and prepare to assist the Titanic. At 12:20 A.M. orders are given to have women and children start to board lifeboats. Most lifeboats only left holding only a fraction of what they were capable of. The last words heard by neighboring ships by the Titanic were heard at 1:45 A.M. Still holding over one thousand five hundred people, the ships head sinks under water. All of the lights on the Titanic go out, and a huge roar is heard as all of the objects not bolted to the floor fly towards the submerged bow. At that point the ship breaks in two, and approximately two minutes later, the remaining stern settles again, fills with water and slowly sinks into the ocean. Of the 2,227 passengers aboard the ship when it set off, only


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