Titanic Essay Research Paper Leaping over the

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Titanic Essay, Research Paper Leaping over the side of the boat, passengers splash into the icy waters below. With one lifeboat left, proplr are fighting to get on. All of a sudden, a thunderous crack is heard, and a crewman screams out, “The boat has cracked in two!” Now the frightened travelers are moving frantically toward the stern. (This might have been the scene 86 years ago.) The unsinkable Titanic went down catastrophically and the safety on the liner as well as the prevention of the incident became issues after the sinking and before the discovery of the ship on the ocean floor. The luxury liner was constructed with a purpose. It was built to transport passengers across the Atlantic in a fast, yet extravagant way. The ship was housed to carry a king. It had every

comfort that anyone could ever have imagined. Such as the rooms that were in the first class. The rooms had the finest quilts, mirrors and even were supplied with fancy cigars. The Titanic was built at the Harvard and Wolff yard where White Star liner’s ships were built. The construction began on March 31, 1909. An American financier, J. Pierpont Morgan, who became interested in large passenger shipping companies was the builder of the magnificent pleasure ship. (http://www.fireflyproductions.com/ti5tanic/build.htm) The idea was a good one, little did he know tragedy loomed ahead. The massive ship, the crew, and the captain’s desires all added up to trouble. The crewmen of the Titanic were not prepared for the possibility of a sinking ship because they thought the vessel was

unsinkable, and they didn’t concentrate on safety. For example wireless operator interrupted the Californians wireless operator by a moderate, “Keep Out! Shut-up! You’re jamming my signal. I’m working the Cape Race!” The Californian’s sole operator listened to Titanic’s reply and at 11:30 turned off his set and retired for the night. The possibility of a problem never entered the Titanic operators mind. (hhtp://gil.ipswichcity.qld.gov.au/~dalgarry/time.html) In addition the captain’s intentions were to cross the Atlantic at a record speed, and these wishes were not to be impeded. White Star’s senior captain and the master of the Titanic, decided to continue on course at full speed of twenty knots through the ice felds despite daylong warnings of icebergs in the

vicinity. (Brown, Donald pg.3) This decision and the crews carelessness foreshadow tragedy. Accordingly, the unsinkable luxury liner struck an iceberg towering approximately fifty to sixty feet at 11:50 P.M. on April 14, 1912. (hhtp://gil.ipswichcity.qld.gov.au/~dalgarry/time.html) When the vessel hit the iceberg, a rockhard object sneaking invincibly underneath the ocean’s surface. Struck the ship and left four gashes on the starboard side and shaking those on board. As the iceberg moved along the flank of the ship, it scraped the first three hundred feet of the hull way below the water line. (Tibbals, Geoff pg.70) Thus, the Titanic was given only was given only a few hours to stay afloat. In this process, five of the presumably watertight compartments flooded, but five was

too much for her to bear. Although twelve square feet of the hull had been penetrated by the collision, this was enough to sink her. The adjacent compartments also filled up equivalent to ice-cube trays do when filled. As each compartment flooded with water, the bow of the ship sank lower and lower. Just ten minutes after the impact, the water level had risen to fourteen feet above the keel in the first five compartments. Water was also pouring into the boiling room. At around 1:15 AM., the Titanic suddenly perched from starboard to port. She was becoming increasingly rickety; the deck was tilting more and more steeply, making the removal of passengers out of the boat more difficult. By 2:00 AM., the water had risen to just ten feet below the promenade deck. At 2:17 AM. the