Titanic Titanic was the largest ship in the world, built by a workforce of 17,000. The
ultimate in turn-of-the-century design and technology. First-class suites ran to more than $
55,000 in todays dollars, and when she sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton,
England on route to NY , she held among her 2,227 passengers. The cream of industrial
society, including colonel John Jacob Astor. Macys founder; U.S. congressman Isidor
Straus and Thomas Andrews, the ships builder. The ship was built of easily sealed-off
compartments. If, for some unimaginable reason, the hull were punctured, only the
compartment actually ruptured would flood. In an worst case example - builders figured
that the Titanic would take from one to three days to sink, time for nearby ships to help,
because there was only 16 lifeboats. Unfortunately, things didnt work out that way. On
April 14th, 1912 at about 7:30, at the first ominous hint of disaster has came. Into the
earphones of the wireless operator on duty came a message from the steamer California:
Three large bergs five miles southward from us. But the Titanic continued to rush through
the deepening darkness. The temperature was one degree above freezing. When lookouts
Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee had come on duty at 10 P.M., the sky was cloudless and
the air clear. At around 11:30 P.M., just half an hour before they were to be rewired, a
slight haze had appeared, directly ahead. And about two points on either side. Suddenly -
his training causing his reflexes to function instinctively. Fleet gave the warning bell and
immediately reached across the crowns nest to the bridges telephone. In its compartment
on the starboard side. He rang ms bell urgently. Fleet replaced the telephone and gripped
the crowns nest rail. At 11:40 P.M., April 14 , 1912 ; The lookouts spotted the iceberg a
quarter-mile ahead. Had they not alerted the bridge, the ship would not have attempted a
turn. At 11:40P.M. ; the ship sideswipes the ice. Because of the steels ductility, it would
have absorbed massive amounts of energy. The ice crashed right through the plating as it
grinded along the side, Strinking at an angle like s 300-foot zipper. ON midnight, April
14-15; fist six compartments were filling; water was beginning to slosh over. 12:40.; water
filled 2,000 bathtubs 1:20 A.M.; The bow dipped; water flooded through anchor - chain
holes. At 2:10 A.M.; The Titanic titled to 45 degrees or more and stress reaches nearby 15
tons per square inch. The keel bends; The bottom plating buckles. At 2:15 A.M.; The stern
grew heavier and until it reached some 16,000 tons of in - water weight . At 2:20 A.M.;
The bow rips went loose. The stern rose sharply , held and almost vertical position and
then, as it filled, faded downward again. At least one life boat passenger said, look - its
coming back!. At 2:30 A.M.; The bow stroke the bottom , 12,612 feet down, angling
downward and flowing into the mud. Shortly after 2:30 A.M. ships time a green florae
was sighed suddenly, for ahead. In a few seconds it disappeared. At 3 A.M., Roston
ordered rockets fired at fifteen-minute intervals to let survivors know help was
approaching. The companys night signals were also displayed. By 3:35 carpathia was
almost to the position where Titanic, if afloat, would be seen. But there was only a rast
emptiness. Carpathia inched forward. The lifeboat was alongside. Some 2,340 passengers
and crew were on board the Titanic when the white star liner left Southampton for its
maiden voyage to NY five days ago. And some 1,595 people perished in the accident.
Only 745 were saved. Many more could have been rescued but there were enough
lifeboats for only half the passengers and crew. Two boats full of people who had escaped
from the ship were sucked beneath the ocean. Most of the passengers were apparently not
aware of the accident when it happened. At first, passengers were so unconcerned that
they remained in their staterooms to dress for dinner. By 1:30 A.M. panic has begun
among some of the passengers. In the tomb that was once a ship, all that remain are China
teacups and brass latches, porcelain toilets, and perhaps teeth - nearby all else has been
devoured: wooden decks, the rich Victorian woodwork, human beings and their clothing -
all except for shoes protected from scavengers by their tannin. Some 150 items retrieved
by the French sub Nautili went on display at Londons National Maritime Museum in Oct.
1994. protected too is