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The Titanic

The Titanic

In 2012, we celebrated the hundred year anniversary of the maiden voyage and sinking of the RMS Titanic, a ship struck by an iceberg on 14th April 1912. But why is it remembered so much and remembered like it is? The sinking of the Titanic on the 15th April has become extremely famous due to the reputation of the ship before it set sail on its first journey to New York City. The ship was claimed to be unsinkable and so it came as a great shock when it did in fact sink. Titanic was proved to be the largest moving object of its day being 882 ½ feet long as well as one of the most luxurious ways to travel. The sinking of this amazing example of engineering in the early 20th Century stunned the public and the world, horrific stories emerged of people drowning in the near freezing water on the Northern Atlantic Ocean said to be so cold that you could freeze to death in two minutes. If you have seen any of the well-known films or programmes depicting the sinking it is no surprise that it is one of the most famous boating disasters, and you will understand just how terrifying an experience it would have been for those on board and for those who watched it go down. Once it was decided that the passengers would be evacuated from the sinking vessel and into the life boats women and children were brought out, with the first class passengers going before the second and steerage class passengers. This method of ‘women and children first’ saved many lives in the 20 lifeboats that were on board, but forced many families to separate and leave the men on board the ship as they fled to safety. This is one of the most heart wrenching things about the disaster. The real life stories from the sinking, such as the musicians who played until the ship went down, are ones that evoke real sadness and anger. The sinking of the Titanic is no doubt one of the saddest and most notable catastrophes in the first half of the 20th Century, it being the greatest peace time maritime disaster with around 1,517 people dead out of the original 2,200 passenger and staff members.

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