Titanic: Death of a Titan

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Titanic: Death of a Titan


After years of construction and work, the Titanic was finally ready for her maiden voyage.
The beginning of her voyage was to take place on the morning of April 10, of 1912 at
approximately 10:00am. The firs of Titanic passengers began to board the ship. Most of
these passengers were British residents who had journeyed to Titanic by means of
transportation either that a boat train. The real precipitance came when the boat train
arrived. People rich or poor were scattered all aver Southampton’s bay, attempting to find
their gangway. After the second and third class passengers boarded, the firs class
passengers were to be escorted to their cabins. Approximately at 12:00pm Titanic was ready
to set sail. After Titanic sets out into the open sea, her water displacement causes
mooring ropes of the New York, which was a small ship, to brake. Which causes her stern to
swing towards Titanic's mighty bow. Titanic official’s quick actions prevent a
catastrophic collision. After hours delayed the Titanic finally sets sail into the open
sea headed towards Cherbourg, France.


The Titanic lowered her anchor when arrived at Cherbourg, France, at about 5:30pm of the
same day. More passengers boarded the Titanic. At approximately 8:10pm Titanic raised her
anchor and sailed towards Queenstown, Ireland. She arrived at Queenstown at around 11:30am
of the next morning to pick up more passengers and 1,385 bags of mail as well. Now Titanic
once more raised anchor and by 1:30 she was on her way to New York.


It was 11:30pm of the night of April 14, of 1912. As Titanic sped through the darkness
towards its doom, the majority of the passengers and crew had not the slightest inkling
idea that they were in danger at all. The last games of cards were breaking up. The last
conversations were ending. Most passengers were already in bed, but the few who remained,
were heading towards their cabins. Though the passengers settled, the officers on the
bridge kept a sharp look out for anything in Titanic’s path. Ice reports had been sent to
the Titanic all day form other ships but Titanic’s wireless operators chose to neglect the
messages and so Titanic sailed in to history. High up in the crows nest, were lookouts
Fleet and Lee. They to kept a sharp look out.


Fleet peered into the darkness. He saw an object darker than night it self, coming towards
the Titanic. He picked up the phone and yelled into it “Ice burg right ahead” “Thank you”
the officer on the other line replied. Every one on the bridge were altered, as the
officers made the desperate attempt to steer the giant ship around the iceberg. But the
ship was to close, and she and she hit along the starboard side of Titanic. “What have we
hit?” asked captain smith walking out of his room. “An iceberg sir” replied Officer
Murdoch. The Titanic had hit an iceberg and the freezing Atlantic was rushing into her bow
below.


After the collision with the iceberg, the only thing left to save the passengers and crew,
were the lifeboats. After the grinding jar, Captain Smith ordered the lifeboats to be
uncovered. Meanwhile stewards past through the halls telling all the passengers to get
their life jackets on. Many people didn’t take this seriously and wanted to stay in their
room. Finally with the firs class passengers on the top decks, the lifeboats were ready to
be lowered.


Now it was up to the crew to get the first class passengers safely into the lifeboats. The
crewmen ordered for women and children firs. Many women weren’t willing to leave their
husbands. They thought the nice warm ship was the better place to be, other than that
dinky, little lifeboat. Ida Straus refused to leave her husband, Isador, stating that she
would go were her husband would go. As time went by, the band on the Titanic, lead by
Wallace Harley, played to try to keep the passengers calm. No one really thought the
unsinkable ship was in any kind of real trouble.


Thomas Andrews, the ship’s designer, was called to survey the damage. Upon his
unbelievable findings, he gave Titanic, the unsinkable ship an hour or two before she
founders into the icy Atlantic. As people became more aware that she was in trouble, a
seat in a lifeboat became what every one was after. But the same rule still applied “Women
and children first”, though so the men were out of luck and running out of time. But some
men got lucky, some boats were letting men onboard if no women were in sight. As boats and
time ran out, officers were given guns, to keep down any raiding of boats. There were
obviously not enough boats for very one, so help was needed. Wireless operators Phillips
and Bride tried to contact any near by ships, but all were to far. The nearest ship
contacted was the Carpathia, but she would take four hours to reach the Titanic. That
would be too late.


Although the Carpathia was the nearest ship contacted, there was a ship even nearer. This
ship was believed to be the Californian. The Californian had tried to reach the Titanic
earlier, before the collision, to war her about ice. The Californian though, was to shut
up and get off the line. The Californian decided to turn in for the night, and turned off
their wireless. The Californian was so close, her officers could see the Titanic and
wondered why she looked so queer? When they saw the Titanic disappear, they thought she
had just steamed away. The officers on the Titanic saw the Californian also, and contact
was tried, but failed.


The time remaining for the Titanic was running short. As the last of the lifeboats left,
over a thousand people stood on the decks, with no where to go. Some jumped and some tried
to reach higher ground. As the bow went under, the ship began to tilt down rapidly, the
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