Friday, October 21, 2016

Images of Titanic (circa. 1912) Taken By Passenger's Camera


  1. Even before the blockbuster film, Titanic, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, the Titanic was quite a famous piece of machinery. This is an original image of the ship without any CGI modifications. As compared to our cruise ships nowadays, she may now look like much. But in the time of her maiden voyage, she was the most beautiful ship to ever sail the seas.
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 2. Titanic hired all of its crew members at the very last minute. There were 800 in total. Many of the hired crew never received any training and most of them had little to no experience on a ship at all.

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 3. Frederick Fleet was the first to spot the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. He immediately informed the ship's First Officer, William Murdoch, and alerted the entire ship to brace for impact. Murdoch attempted to order the ship to turn, but they were going too fast and did not have enough time to get out of the way completely. Titanic hit the iceberg, although not head on, but it caused the first five compartments in the front of the ship to flood.

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 4.Titanic had more than 2,000 passengers on board. Only 100 of those passengers were children. The majority of the children belonged to passengers traveling in Third Class. Most of those passengers were on their way to the United States to start a new life and they could not afford anything other than steerage class.

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 5.Titanic's lifeboats were able to hold up to 65 passengers each. They also had 14 wooden lifeboats and 3 collapsible boats. The problem is that the wealthy people aboard the ship refused to travel with the lower class in their boats and thus, many of the lifeboats left the ship without being filled and it resulted in many people being stranded aboard the vessel.

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 6.The Titanic was not prepared to evacuate the entire ship in the event of a catastrophe. There were only enough life boats to cover about half of the amount of passengers that were actually on board. The crew of the Titanic was overconfident that she was indestructible. There was also the fact that no other ship came to Titanic's rescue, which has been a conspiracy for many years.

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  7.The back end of the ship, also known as the stern, floated on top of the water briefly before sinking down into the depths of the ocean. Passengers were left clinging to the boat, fearing the icy cold water below them as the boat sank. The front end of the boat, also know as the bow had already broken off and sank before the stern.
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  8.The Titanic was not actually full to capacity when it set sail. There was a coal strike just days before the date of departure of the ship and it caused many people to postpone their passage on the Titanic. Most of the ships that had set sail before the Titanic were fully booked.

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 9.The majority of passengers that died on the Titanic lost their lives due to hypothermia or cardiac arrest because of the frigid waters. The water temperature was colder than 28 degrees Fahrenheit. It caused their bodies to go into shock, unable to recover. Only 13 passengers were rescued from the water and survived. The remainder of the passengers died in a watery grave in the depths of the ocean.

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  10.Two ships received the distress signal sent out by the Titanic, the Birma and the SS Californian. They were unable to respond to the call at the time. The RMS Carpathia was the only ship able to arrive to help the rescue efforts and they weren't able to get there until 4 a.m. that morning.

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 11.It took only 2 hours and 40 minutes for the entire Titanic to sink. This was not nearly enough time for the entire ship to be evacuated into lifeboats. The ship sunk so quickly due to the weight and force of the stern rising out of the water, which caused the ship to break in half. The propellers from the stern of the ship stuck out of the water and the force of them slamming down as the ship sank killed many passengers who were trying to swim out of its path below.

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  12.It took only 2 hours and 40 minutes for the entire Titanic to sink. This was not nearly enough time for the entire ship to be evacuated into lifeboats. The ship sunk so quickly due to the weight and force of the stern rising out of the water, which caused the ship to break in half. The propellers from the stern of the ship stuck out of the water and the force of them slamming down as the ship sank killed many passengers who were trying to swim out of its path below.

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  13. The Carpathia had been originally destined for Flume, Austria-Hungary. They unloaded the rescued passengers from the Titanic in New York City and then continued on to their previous destination. They did receive a reward for their efforts in rescuing the passengers who would have been stranded at sea after the sinking of the Titanic.

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  14.  It took the Carpathia three days to reach New York City, after braving the rough seas and storms on the way. The ship docked at Pier 54 in New York City and over 40,000 people were waiting to assist survivors from the Titanic.

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 15.Some of the survivors who made it to New York City unfortunately died shortly thereafter. There were many women and children who were left stranded as their husbands and fathers had died in the tragic event. They were able to receive help in New York from charities that were specifically set up to aid those who had lost the family's source of financial support.

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 16. The Titanic was a beautiful oceanliner whose primary focus was the First Class passengers. The ship measured 882 feet in length and 104 feet in height. First Class passengers were offered a variety of amenities, including a writing room, First Class lounge, a reading area and a First Class smoke room. Many passengers would gather in the smoke room after dinner for conversation and high end cigars.

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 26. The Titanic's boilers were operated by 200 firemen. These men had a rotating schedule, managing the equipment both day and night. They used more than 500 tons of coal each day to keep the engine heated. This coal needed to be shoveled into the furnaces by hand, so the job was very demanding. 6,000 tons of coal needed to be stored in the bunkers of the Titanic to ensure that there was enough to carry the ship across the ocean.

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 27. The Titanic had four cylinder engines, each weighing approximately 720 tons. Each engine was powered by 29 separate boilers. They were 63 feet in length and the boilers running them held 48 tons of water a piece. Each boiler to run the engines was 15 feet wide and 20 feet long.

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 30.Titanic's capacity was over 2,000 passengers. They carried 883 in the First Class, 614 in Second Class and 1,006 in Third Class. But they were inadequately supplied with lifeboats to carry all 2,503 passengers, which is one reason why so many people perished in the sinking of the vessel.

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 31. In addition to passengers, the Titanic had aboard several valuable objects that sank into the depths of the sea. One of these objects was a copy of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, rumored to be worth $36,000 dollars. It is said that the document was most likely the most valuable item lost when the Titanic went down.
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