The History Of The Cruiseliner Titanic

The history of the cruiseliner Titanic from its creation to its death in 1912

In 1898, a British author, Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called the "Wreck of the Titan". It was about a grand, unsinkable ocean liner called "The Titan". This ocean liner collided with an iceberg and sank. On this ship, there were not enough life boats for everyone on the ship, and many were killed. Sound familiar? Could that book been a premonition or a coincidence to the sinking of the Titanic?

In 1907, J.B. Ismay, President of the White Star Lines, made plans to build 3 ocean liners, one of them was the Titanic. Titanic was to be the largest ship of the early 1900's. On March 31, 1909, 2 years later, the Titanic was started. When finished, the total cost of building the ship was $7,500,000. It was the first ship to have a gym and a swimming pool on board. There were 4 parlor ships, each of them over 50 feet in length, 2 of them having their own private promenade decks. Even people in the third class received above average accommodations and conditions. The third class rooms were the biggest to date (1912).

On the maiden voyage of the Titanic, there was almost a collision. When it was leaving the dock, it almost collided with another ship, the New York. Some say that occurrence could have been a premonition of the ships' fate.

Throughout the voyage, the Titanic, received 7 ice warnings, but Captain Smith figured that anything big enough to worry about would be seen in plenty of time to steer around it. They all believed that the ship was unsinkable. When the Titanic did hit the iceberg that brought it to its fate, people were at first unaware of the damage. People were alleged to have been out on the deck playing with the ice, people in first class were not willing to leave the comforts and warmth of their cabins, and the band came out to play for the passengers, the band played right to the end.

At 12:45 am, the very first lifeboat, #7 was loaded with only the women and children. The lifeboats had a capacity to hold 75 people, but they were going out half filled, some with as few people as 30. For the people on the third class, they were left down there, with the doors bolted up. These doors were always bolted up so that the people on the third class could not go up to the first class section of the boat. It is said that the people in third class were "murdered" since no-one let them up.

On 2:18 am, on April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank taking with the lives of 1500 people, most of them men.

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