The Titanic - The Dream Ship

At the time, the Titanic was the largest passenger ship constructed with the most luxurious equipment. The technology of the ship had a standard which hadn’t been reached up to then. Along its whole length it had a double ship base and was divided into 16 watertight areas by separating walls. That is why it was considered to be unsinkable.
The first-class passengers had extremely luxurious rooms, and also a Turkish bath, an indoor swimming-pool, a gymnastics room, reading and writing rooms, a smokers’ room, verandas and a palm garden, four electric lifts, restaurants and cafés. The second-class passengers had the pleasure of their own library. On the boat deck there were promenades for the first class and the officers - but not enough lifeboats.
On May 31st, 1911 the Titanic was launched. On the morning of April 10th, 1912 it set sail on its maiden voyage for New York with 2,206 people on board. The first days crossing the Atlantic were very pleasant. The sea was calm and the passengers enjoyed the voyage on the luxury ship. On Sunday, April 14th, there were the first warnings of pack-ice and icebergs, but nobody on board really took them seriously. The voyage was continued without reducing speed. At 11.40pm the watchman on the mast reported an iceberg ahead to starboard. The officer in charge reacted immediately and gave the command: “Rudder hard to port side. Port side machines full power back.” The bow of the ship turned past the iceberg, but a sharp edge of the iceberg cut the front starboard side of the hull below water level at a length of 90 m.
At this time most of the passengers were in their cabins. All they noticed of the collision was a slight bump. Then the machines stopped, after a short while they started again, before they died forever. The officers and shipping engineers on board knew immediately that the Titanic couldn’t stay overwater for longer than two hours. They sent flares up and Mayday calls.
The passengers were told to dress in warm clothes and put on their life-jackets and go to the upper deck. Women and children were put in the lifeboats. There was only room for about half of the passengers on the lifeboats. And some of the boats were only half full, because not everyone realised the seriousness of the situation.
On April 15th, 1912 at 2.20am the stern lifted high out of the water. The Titanic, which had been considered to be unsinkable, broke into two parts. The front part disappeared in the depths, while the stern stayed for a short time almost vertically like a cork on the water. But then the stern too disappeared beneath the dark waters. 1,502 people lost their lives. The survivors drifted in the oily sea. The life-jackets kept a lot above water, but the icy water was disastrous for them. They died before they could be rescued.
You can watch a short and entertaining YouTube clip about the Titanic on our YouTube channel SchreiberBogen.

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