The 96th Year…

Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered or are just some fun topics! Today is April 14th, 2008, I’m Taylor, and I am here to talk about the 96th anniversary of the 1912 Titanic sinking.

On April 14th, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40pm. Thomas Andrews, the ship’s designer, estimated about one hour or two until the ship will sink to the bottom of the Atlantic. That is when the Captain ordered the lifeboats to start leaving the ship. The passengers were frightened. They thought that leaving such a safe ship into a “unsafe” lifeboat wouldn’t be smart. So they refused to enter the boat. Soon, it was obvious that the Titanic was sinking. This time now, most of the boats have gone. Now the passengers panicked. Some jumped off the ship into the freezing water. By the time the Titanic sank into the ocean, 1,500 lives were in the water, they would soon freeze to death. Only six of the 1,500 would survive. Only two boats out of twenty came back to look for survivors. They found six. A total of 705 people survived the Titanic sinking, of 2,200 people on board.

Every year on the anniversary , the International Ice Patrol drops a wreath on the spot where the Titanic sank to remember what happened that cold night.

Remember, I’m Taylor, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!

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