Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is December 8th, 2007, I’m Royce, and I am here to tell you about the legendary ship, the Titanic.
Built from March 1st, 1909, to March 31st, 1911, the ship, Titanic was the second of three new luxury ships. The ships were to be made for White Star Line, a shipping company that had a tradition that every ship be named with a “-ic” at the end. (Titanic, Olympic, Britannic) There were two companies that ‘competed’ for the rich and wealthy passengers. The companies were Whiter Star Line, and Cunard Line. Both were rivals and ended up joining together in one company, later known as Cunard Line.
Anyway, the Titanic was finished with building and it moved onto the supplies and the interior. The Titanic was moved to a dry dock after the construction. This means it was moved to a dock with walls around it, and the water was drained out. The workers set to work.
They painted, built, and decorated the inside to look elaborate. Originally, the Titanic was to sail in March of 1912, but the Olympic, her sister ship, collided with a warship and the building on Titanic was set aside. The repaired the Olympic and went back to finishing the Titanic. The new date for sailing was now April 10th, 1912, to April 17th, 1912.
The pathway that the Titanic would sail through was first stop at Southampton, England, then stop at Cherbourg, France, and finally stop at Queenstown, Ireland, which is now Cobh. Then is was to travel to New York.
Soon the Titanic was on her way to New York on April 1oth, and then the date of April 14th came. The ship had gotten many ice warnings from other ships in the area, but the Titanic completely ignored them. At 11:40pm, the lookouts saw a dark figure in front of the ship and rang the emergency bell three times, the signal for ice.
The Titanic would have been fine if she hit the ice straight on, but she turned left, and the ice scraped the right side, and soon water started gushing in. And even sooner, the captain ordered for the lifeboats to be ready.
With only 20 lifeboats, the Titanic could only save half of the passengers. About three-fourths actually died.
At 2:20am, with all boats gone, passengers were desperate. They jumped off the ship into the water, as the ship was slowly going under the ocean sucking people under with it.
After the sinking the Carpathia, a Cunard Line ship came to the rescue of people. The lifeboats were unloading except one. That one lifeboat went back to look for survivors in the water. They found six people who were alive, but only two survived. The other four died when they got into the boat.
After the disaster, many people say the ship broke in two and other people say it sank as one. That argument was settled in 1986 when Dr. Robert Ballard found the Titanic. It indeed broke in two.
“Even though the Titanic sank, the legend will live forever.” says a listener.
Remember, I’m Royce, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!
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