The Titanic: Remembering the Tragic Story of the Shipwreck
More than a century after the tragic death of over 1500 passengers aboard the infamous RMS Titanic ship, the story still lives on in the hearts of many.
The RMS Titanic goes down in history as one of the largest sea vehicles, but its tragic end would forever be etched in history. This year, historians mark the 109th anniversary since the ship sank in 1912.
The Titanic set sail on April 10, 1912, from the shores of South Hampton, making its way through the sea to New York City. The large ship, estimated to be about the size of three football fields, held a 3,300 person capacity.
HOW THE TITANIC WAS MADE
The infamous ship took three years to construct, and it is said to be the first ship with electricity. The RMS Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, Ireland.
The ship that was dubbed unsinkable was built with top-notch luxury, holding a first-class lounge with ornate furniture. Close to the first-class compartment was the popular Cafe Parisen built inside the ship, with a view of the Atlantic.
THE TITANIC SANK
A few days after the ship set sail, the officials in charge received news of the presence of ice inside the water. On the night of April 14, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg that tore a 300 feet gash into the ship’s hull.
The Titanic was said to have been constructed with weak bolts.
On this day, in 1912, the Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Today, the story continues to capture our collective imagination, serving as a vehicle to work out our cultural anxieties. https://t.co/iTtuVhtvSr— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) April 15, 2021
Over the years, one fact that has been established is that the ship was poorly equipped with emergency escape tools for its large capacity and luxury. The Titanic had only twenty lifeboats of which could occupy 65 people each.
During the colossal mishap, many top dignitaries lost their lives. Jacob Astor, the richest man aboard the Titanic, lost his life alongside other dignitaries like Benjamin Guggenheim, Isidor Strauss, and his wife, Ida.
At 2:20 am on #ThisDayInHistory in 1912, the Titanic sunk into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada after sideswiping an iceberg during its maiden voyage. Of the 2,240 passengers and crew on board, more than 1,500 lost their lives in the disaster— HISTORY (@HISTORY) April 15, 2021
The famous survivors included Noel Leslie, the countess of Rothes, and socialite Molly Brown, who later passed on in 1932. Brow was significant for her insistence to go back to the sea with a search team to find survivors.
STUDIES ON THE TITANIC
Over the years, scientists and experts have come to several conclusions on what could have led to the fall of the great ship. So far, there has been speculation about the flaws of the builders.
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The Titanic was said to have been constructed with weak bolts, and the bottom part was said not to have been constructed to withstand strong currents or significant flooding. The steamship has continued to be under study yearly.
More studies pointing at the causes of the mishap included the Louis Patten claim that the steersman took a wrong turn, which led the ship directly to the iceberg.
Patten noted that this information was passed down to her by her grandfather, a survivor and the most senior ship officer who abroad the Titanic. There were also reports that those in charge of navigating the ship did not heed warnings.
It was reported that there were several warnings about icebergs, and the last one was not heeded because it did not carry an MSG tag, a personal acknowledgment from the captain.