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I. The Titanic A.) The meaning of Titanic 1.) The Titanic, hyped as the “ship of dreams” and the “unsinkable ship,” unfortunately remains the worst maritime tragedy in history. With more than 1,500 lives lost, it represents pitiable judgment and bad planning. 2.) At the time of the Titanic, transatlantic ocean liners were the favored form of travel from Europe to the United States. The Titanic was built to contend with the existing liners. White Star Lines, Titanic’s builder, wanted to make a vessel that was bigger, faster, and more luxurious than any other in existence. Plans were made for a vessel weighing 46,328 tons, with three engines, nine decks, and the total height of an eleven-story building. The plans also called for 16 watertight compartments that could be sealed in case of hull puncture and 20 lifeboats. However, each lifeboat could hold only 65 people, while the maximum crew and passenger capacity was 3,547. This actually surpassed the
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Unformatted text preview: safety regulations at the time, which called for a lifeboat capacity of 10 percent of the ship’s capacity. The original Titanic plans called for over 40 lifeboats. But the boat deck was thought to be too crowded with this many lifeboats, so to cut costs, a decision was made to cut the number of lifeboats in half. 3.) On April 11, 1912, approximately 2,220 passengers set sail on the Titanic’s maiden voyage. The first two days, the ship sailed through calm, clear weather. On the third day, seven ice warnings were received, along with a message at 10:50 p.m. from another ship, the Californian. Ice had surrounded their ship and caused them to stop. The captain of the Titanic wanted to make it into port in New York City on time, so he decided to steam on. The following is a timed account of the sinking of the Titanic:...
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