Rhetorical Case Study - Titanic

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B l a k l e y | 1 Stacy Blakley English 112 Brian Fehler April 29, 2008 Rhetorical Case Study: Titanic On a summer evening in 1907, Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Bruce Ismay were escorted to Belgrave Square, where they would accompany Lord and Lady Pierre as dinner guests in their home. Joseph Bruce Ismay was head of the business in the firm of Ismay, Imrie and Company - founder of the White Star Line - while Lord Pierre held his position as the senior partner and chairman of a Belfast shipyard, Harland and Wolff. (Butler, Daniel A) After the meal the wives of Ismay and Lord Pierre withdrew, leaving the men to their cigars and brandy (AngelFire ). Ismay and Pierre’s small talk soon turned into an unarranged business meeting (Butler, Daniel A). Considering the type of work the two men were involved in, it was inevitable that the subject of ship building would arise. The Cunard Line, a rival of White Star was gaining a great deal of publicity for receiving the “Blue Riband.” Cunard’s newest ship, Mauertania, crossed the Atlantic in less than five days. This fact made Lord Pierre “uneasy,” encouraging him to originate the most extravagant ship in the world; thus conceiving the Titanic. It wasn’t until one year later, in July 1908, that a contract was signed by White Star for blueprints of the ship (AngelFire ). Taking the place of Alexander Carlisle when he retired, Thomas Andrews took on the title of principle designer of the Titanic and it was he that turned the “dreams and ideas into solid reality.” It was March 31, 1909 when Andrews faced his first controversy over the ship.
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B l a k l e y | 2 Originally Carlisle saw that sixty-four lifeboats were onboard but Ismay believed that that many boats would only “clutter” the deck and would worry the passengers. In the end, the men came to settlement and only twenty boats were placed on deck (AngelFire ). It was that very same day, only two years later, which the launching of the Titanic took place. It took twenty-three tons of tallow, soap and train oil to get the enormous masterpiece into the water. Being the “largest moving man-made object in the world,” Various workmen and reporters stood ashore in awe, gazing at the deluxe ocean liner (AngelFire ). In July of 1911 the Titanic was made “unsinkable.” Safety features were installed including watertight compartments, a double plated keel, pumps and watertight doors. The watertight compartments would keep the ocean liner afloat perhaps if any became flooded, while the pumps would keep the water from reaching between the wall and ceiling plates. A year later on April 2, 1912, Harland and Wolff completed sea trials and claimed that the 7.5 million dollar ocean liner was ready to set sail. (AngelFire ) April 10 caused much excitement in the “seafaring town” of Southampton. As the Titanic lay at the White Star Line’s ocean dock, hundreds of passersby and friends and family of the passengers and crew gathered around. Flags were flying, speeches were being made, and brass
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