The Titanic: The Collapse Of The Titanic

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At 11:40 pm on April 14, 1912, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, the RMS Titanic struck the iceberg that would ultimately lead to the sinking of the ship less than 3 hours later. At around 2:20 am on the morning of April 15, 1912, the Titanic disappeared beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, a disaster that resulted in the loss of more than one thousand five hundred lives, almost two-thirds of the people on board. This grand form of transportation was said to be the unsinkable ship carried two thousand two hundred and twenty two people, including the crew, which held people of both upper and lower classes. When the ship crashed the social system, which was so prevalent during this time, faltered rapidly due to loss…show more content…
The project was funded by J.P. Morgan, an American industrialist, who employed over fifteen thousand men to work onsite and took two years and three months to complete. The ship was built to have a carrying capacity of three thousand two hundred fifty seven people, consisting of eight hundred forty rooms (416 for first class, 162 for second class and 262 for third class). The ship also consisted of ten total decks, two of the largest engines ever used to power a ship, two anchors and twenty lifeboats (when really the ship would have carried 64, but the captain and higher ranking authorities of the ship didn’t want the clutter so they limited the quantity). When building the boat, the constructors faced difficult moments. During this project, eight men were killed and there were two hundred forty six injured on site. They were expected to be on site at six am, work six days a week, forty nine hours per week, and were only paid $2.71 per week. When the Titanic was designed by Thomas Andrews, Alexander Carlisle, and Edward Wilding, along with her sister ships, it wasn’t only to be a luxurious form of transportation. The reason Was so that it could compete with the ocean liners Lusitania and Mauretania, ships from a rival company. The Titanic, out of the three different boats, was transformed to become the more reliable, large and fancy, compared to the…show more content…
There were roughly nineteen spotted icebergs on the voyage, but the most detrimental of them was spotted at 11:39 PM when it was too late to avoid having a collision. The captain of the ship, Edward John Smith, was warned six times of the incoming iceberg, but chose to ignore the heads up. Only thirty seconds after seeing what would lead to the doom of the Titanic and hearing Frederick Fleet call out “Iceberg dead ahead!”, the ship hit and slowly began the decline. Passengers said roughly 50-100 feet of the iceberg was showing above water, but the full size was 200-400 feet. The Captain said “The big icebergs that drift into warmer water melt much more rapidly under water than on the surface, and sometimes a sharp, low reef extending two or three hundred feet beneath the sea is formed. If a vessel should run on one of these reefs half her bottom might be torn away.” The number of compartments that were allowed to be flooded without running the risk of sinking was four, and when hit six compartments ended up being filled with the icy waters, so the ship was doomed to sink. Being four hundred miles from land, the passengers began a frantic search for help and hope, only coming to find a limited amount of life boats and icy waters climbing the once magnificent vessel. The third class citizens were left on their own once the boat broke, due to their
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