Saturday, March 07, 2015

What is the Titanic?

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The RMS Titanic, or Royal Mail Steamship Titanic, was a luxurious and enormous English boat, which due to its unbeatable construction, was regarded as unsinkable. However, it was during her maiden voyage which, due to a strong collision with an iceberg, the boat sank, becoming one of the greatest catastrophes of the navigation history.

The construction of the Titanic was in charge of the White Star Line company at the Harland & Wolff shipyard, and was the second ship of a series of 3 which was to lead the inter-oceanic travel market. Prior to the Titanic was built the Olympic and the Britannic. The Olympic and Titanic were almost the same, the only difference was that the Titanic had more luxuries in certain areas and weighed about 1004 tons more.

The Titanic was a huge ship steaming four chimneys, built in steel. This was 269 meters long, being, in those years, the largest and most luxurious ever built steam boat.

In the first class, it was possible to find large and elegant lounges, smoking and reading rooms, a dining room 3 covers of height which was covered by a huge dome of glass, as well as a gym, swimming pool and Turkish bath.

The Titanic was put afloat on May 31, 1911 at the Harland & Wolff shipyard, but needed 10 months and many hours of work to finish, with perfection, build the interior finishes. Thus, on February 3, 1912, the ship was finished.

It was day 2 of April 1912 that the Titanic sailed from Southampton to New York on its maiden voyage. However, from April 14 to 23:40 hours, traveling about 135 kilometers south of Newfoundland's Grand banks, place where he collided with an enormous iceberg, which produced serious damage in the colossal ship's hull. Because of this damage, tons of icy waters began to enter the boat, splitting it into 2 and causing the disaster of its sinking. Unfortunately, such was the safety of their creators when the boat was in drop, which it did not have enough lifeboats, saving only 897 of sailors and 700 passengers 1311.
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