The Fate of the Titanic

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            The Royal Mail Steamer Titanic also was known as the Titanic was a ship that sank in the bright morning of the fateful day of April 15, 1912. The idea of the Titanic was created by the White Star Line, a steamship company. The White Star Line was competing with one of its only rivals of the time, Cunard, a premier company that had already released many ships that were ahead of their time. From the start, the Titanic was considered to be "unsinkable" because of the design that people considered to be state of the art. There were many fatal flaws that were not caught but instead lauded. The watertight compartment design had a flaw in its design and the sparse amount of lifeboats were the main flaws. With the mere number of 16 lifeboats, only a third of the people on board would survive. The Titanic got a lot of popularity and fame by calling it the Unsinkable Ship. Many important politicians, industrialists, and businessmen would depart on the Titanic's maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, from Southampton, England en route to New York. Almost 2,240 passengers, including crew, left for a search for a new beginning on the "Unsinkable" Titanic. Some notable passengers were John Jacob Astor IV, Isidor Straus, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Margaret Brown. While the Titanic had a great awaited departure, there weren't many things normal, there was a fire in one of the bunkers that were ignored. Another terrible event that took place was when the Titanic almost got in a wreck with America Line's S.S. New York, some superstitions say that an event as such is a bad omen for a ship on her maiden voyage. The Titanic was smooth sailing for four days but was getting some reports from other ships talking about ice. At about midnight, a lookout saw a big iceberg that was right ahead of the Titanic. The engines were reversed and the ship had turned away sharply. Seeing that there was no collision the crew was relieved and restored duties, what they didn't know was that there was a 300-foot gash in the hull under the water's surface. By the time the crew realized what had really happened, about 5 compartments were flooded already and the bow of the ship was pitched downward. The crew calculated that the ship would remain afloat for only about another hour and a half. The crew decided that it was time to start preparing the lifeboats. The lifeboats were created so that they could carry 65 people, but the disorganized procedures made the lifeboats leave underfilled. Longer than the prediction, the Titanic was afloat for about three hours. These hours showed cowardice and also extraordinary bravery. The Titanic finally sank at about 2:20 am. Many families bid each other goodbye and many stories ended on the fateful day of April 15, 1912.

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