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Titanic Essay

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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 first of the Titanic’s passengers began to board the ship. Most of these passengers were British residents who had journeyed to the Titanic by means of transportation rather than a boat or train. People rich or poor were scattered all over Southampton's bay, attempting to find their walkway. After the second and third class passengers boarded, the first class passengers were to be escorted to their cabins. Approximately at 12:00pm Titanic was ready to set sail. After Titanic sets ...view middle of the document...

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 the 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 crow’s nest, were lookout’s Fleet and Lee. They to keep a sharp look out.

Fleet peered into the darkness. He saw an object darker than night itself, coming towards the Titanic. He picked up the phone and yelled into it "Iceberg dead ahead". "Thank you" the officer on the other line replied. Everyone on the bridge was altered, as the officers made the desperate attempt to steer the giant ship around the iceberg. But the ship was to close, 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 was the passengers and crew, and the only thing that could do that was the lifeboats. After the Titanic hit the Iceberg, 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. Many passenger’s thought this was just a drill. Finally with the first 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 first. Many women were not willing to leave their husbands. Ida Straus refused to leave her husband, Isador, behind on the sinking ship. Ida stated that she would go down with her husband and would go with him at all times. As time went by, the band on the Titanic, lead by Wallace Harley played to try to keep the passengers calm. The musicians played for two hours and five minutes as the ship sank. No one really thought the unsinkable ship was in any kind of real trouble.

Thomas Andrews, the ship's designer, was on board the might ship so they called him to come survey the damage. Upon his unbelievable findings, he gave the Titanic, the unsinkable ship an hour or two before she plunges into the icy Atlantic waters. As people became more aware that she was in trouble, a seat in a lifeboat became what everyone 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...

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