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Saturday, March 19, 2011

 The RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton on her very first voyage to New York on April 10th, 1912. Aboard were some of the richest and most influential entrepreneurs of this century. Their total assets were worth $600 million back in 1912. Not only did the Titanic have some of the most prominent millionaires on board but some of the most poorest emigrants from Europe and the Middle East, desiring a chance for a better economy and social freedom that they could find in America.
 The RMS Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship of her day. All passengers marveled at the design, the comfort, and the unsinkable attributes of this massive ship.

She left Southampton, England and stopped at Cherboug, France, and then made another stop in Queenstown, Ireland and then set off to sea. There were 2,227 passengers including crew personnel onboard when she set off for New York.
 During her maiden and only voyage, the Titanic’s crew was warned several times about icebergs in the area by other ships that had navigated through this region. Even with the danger of navigating through these large icebergs, the Titanic was traveling at almost top speed of around 20.5 knots.
The Titanic was owned by the British White Star Line and flew the British flag. She was under all the rules and regulations of the British government. She had been designed to carry a total of 42 lifeboats. The designer of the Titanic had planned 50 lifeboats. As the Titanic sailed off, she only had 20 lifeboats, which was four more than was required by the rules and regulations of the British government. 

While all passengers were enjoying their evening on this magnificent ship it grazed an iceberg at 11:40PM on April 14th, 1912. The Titanic had only been at sea for just under three hours. From 11:40PM until 2:18AM, the Titanic slowly and terrifyingly sank under the sea. 

From sheer panic, the lifeboats began to be filled, but many were not full to capacity. The Titanic did sink and only 705 people were rescued, 1,523 people drowned or froze in the icy cold water. Her desperate call gave coordinates to be 41o46' N, 50o 14' W at the time of the catastrophe. The Titanic sank 1000 miles due east of Boston, Massachusetts, and 375 miles southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland.

In 1985, the Titanic was located by Dr. Robert Ballard, an oceanographer and marine biologist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. From his discover he learned what passengers had expressed about the sinking of this beautiful ship was true. It was his belief that the weight of the water-filled bow did raise the stern out of the water, which caused the Titanic to snap into just minutes before it sank forever. The debris from the Titanic was strewn over a half a mile across the bottom of the sea. The stern and the bow were around 2,000 feet apart. Dr. Ballard gave coordinates of her remains to be - stern section sits on ocean floor at 41o43'35" N, 49o56'54" W, boilers at 41o43'32" N, 49o56'49" W, bow at 41o43'57" N, 49o56'49" W. 

Many of the people that did not survive the sinking of the Titanic were the poor emigrants that did not even know the ship was sinking until it was too late. Poor judgment and sheer panic left the fate of 1,523 people to the icy cold sea and the hope that another ship would come. Nevertheless, when all was said and done these 1,523 people died at sea.


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