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The Tragic Story of the RMS Titanic, the Ship of Dreams, How the Unsinkable Ship Sank in 1912

About the Titanic -Ship: 

The Titanic was built between 1909 and 1911 at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was built for the White Star Line to provide luxury ocean travel between Southampton, Cherbourg and Queenstown. It had 3 propellers powered by 29 coal-fired boilers. It could travel at a top speed of about 24 knots.The Titanic was 882 feet 9 inches long and weighed over 46,000 tons. It had 4 funnels, a long sloping bow and a distinctive wraparound bow design. Its hull was divided into 16 watertight compartments. Some of the Titanic’s amenities included luxury staterooms, restaurants, bars, swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym, squash courts, libraries, salons, a post office, and a hospital. It even had electricity, hot and cold running water, plumbing and balanced inline installations in each cabin. Many rich and famous passengers travelled on the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage. Some notable passengers included 2nd class passengers John Jacob Astor IV, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Macy’s co-owner Isidor Straus. First class passengers included famous designer Jacques Futrelle and tycoon J. Bruce Ismay. The Titanic crew consisted of 885 men while there were only 20 lifeboats on board, capable of holding only 1178 people. This proved disastrous as the lifeboats were insufficient during the emergency evacuation after the collision. The Titanic wreckage was discovered on the seafloor of the North Atlantic in 1985 by Robert Ballard’s expedition.

Why did the Titanic sink? 

The Titanic was the largest steamship in the world when it sank in 1912. The Titanic provided luxury transatlantic travel between Southampton and New York. Its disastrous maiden voyage claimed over 1,500 lives. Though hailed as a technological marvel, the Titanic lacked enough lifeboats. It was thought to be unsinkable. After striking an iceberg, it quickly sank. The wreckage was discovered in 1985, preserving its history. The wreck lies about 370 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. Its remains are vulnerable to salvagers and environmental degradation. Though sunk, the Titanic’s story shall never be forgotten

What was inside the Titanic? 

The Titanic was a floating palace, filled with grandeur and ostentatious wealth. Lavish staterooms, fine dining rooms, and opulent lounges delighted first-class passengers. A grand staircase, swimming pool, libraries, and ballrooms offered entertainment. Artwork, furniture, and fixtures were imported from around the world to create an ambiance of comfort and luxury. Precious gems, gold accents and rare antiques adorned the first-class cabins and public spaces. 

10 points for the reason it’s destroyed 

1.It lacked enough lifeboats to accommodate all passengers and crew. There were only 20 lifeboats for over 2200 lives. 

2.It was travelling too fast for icy waters. The Titanic was moving at over 22 knots while ice    was floating in the freezing sea.

 3.Its hull was not strengthened enough. The hull plating was too thin to withstand collision with large icy objects. 

4.Walls were not subdivided into more watertight compartments. Flooding the hull was disastrous as it spanned many compartments.

 5.Pumps were not adequate to handle volumes of incoming seawater. Pumps failed to prevent rapid flooding and sinking. 

6.Its wireless operators were inexperienced and failed to warn of ice dangers. Key messages were not relayed in time. 

7.Lifeboats were improperly launched. Several lifeboats were launched only half-full, and some were launched partially uncovered. 

8.Not enough distress calls were made. Lack of clear distress calls prevented rescue ships from hailing them until it was too late. 

9.The Titanic’s single radio officer was incompetent. He failed to notify of ice hazards reported by other ships leading up to the voyage. 

10.Safety protocols were inadequate and evacuation procedures were disorganised. Passengers were not quickly ushered into lifeboats while supply lasted.

In summary, the Titanic met disaster through flaws in design, equipment inadequacies, lack of proper safety measures, inexperienced personnel, excessive speed, complacency about risks, and unpreparedness despite warnings about the perilous journey. The Titanic disaster shocked the world and led to improved safety protocols. Yet its legacy lives on as a tale of human hubris and tragedy. Though lost, the Titanic remains an iconic symbol of its era and a reminder of the dangers of complacency. Though sinking, its memory refuses to fade

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