The Sinking of Titanic

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  • Topic: RMS Titanic, Iceberg, J. Bruce Ismay
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The sinking of the Titanic is one of history’s most researched and questioned story. There are movies, books, and documentaries on how it sunk and what happened on that night. This tragic story has a multiple of reasons as to why the ship sunk. The confidence of many people in the ship’s construction has to do with many if not all of the reasons for the total loss of life and the ship sinking. This confidence caused a majority of the crew members to not take seriously important messages about icebergs and field ice in the vicinity. Also, the lookouts in the crow’s nest had a somewhat difficult time spotting icebergs (Baldwin Parts 1-2; Titanic the Final Word; Nigel). If there was not this theory of the Titanic being unsinkable, many if not all the lives on the ship would have been saved. This theory led to some of the passengers refusing to get into lifeboats because they believed that the ship would not sink (Baldwin Part 3). Likewise, there are other contributions to the total loss of life: there were not enough life boats on the ship due to a reward for ships that were “watertight like a lifeboat” (Nigel). Also, the lifeboats were not even being filled to capacity (Baldwin Part 3). From the point they spotted the iceberg they should have send out precautionary signals and hit the iceberg head on. The Titanic was said to be known as the largest ship in the world. She began her birth on March 31, 1909, at the Harland and Wolff’s Belfast Yards, and taking three years to undergo metamorphosis from plain steel to a luxurious five-star floating hotel(Baldwin Part 1; Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship). She weighed about 46,000 tons, was 882 feet and 9 inches wide, and 20 stories high (Titanic: The Final Word). Her builder, Alexander Carlisle, gave her a double bottom keel and divided her hull into sixteen watertight compartments (Baldwin Part 1). The Titanic’s sixteen watertight compartments, “Included doors that could be closed from the bridge, so that water could be...
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