the tragic sinking of Titanic had a brief period of disaster in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, with a step by step of events which accelerated considerably in the home stretch: in just a few hours, 110 years agofound itself at the bottom of the sea, the liner that was born mighty but died out on its first and only voyage.
In 1907, Joseph Bruce Ismaychairman of the defunct British shipping company White Star Line, and Iord William Pirriehead of the Harland & Wollf shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, offered dominate the sea travel market between Europe and the United States. For this, they built a fleet of three liners: the Olympic, the Titanic and the gigantic, the largest, most modern and most luxurious boats of the time.
Despite the millionaire investment and the high expectations, nothing went as planned. The Titanic, the most famous of the three ships, he could not even reach his destination on his baptismal journey. After hit an iceberg in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, off the island of Newfoundland, sank to the depths and left nearly 1,500 deadthus becoming one of the greatest maritime tragedies in modern history.
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Over time and, above all, thanks to the immense number of films, literary works and investigations that have been made about it, the story of the Titanic has positioned itself as one of the best known in the world. 110 years after its sinking, the vast majority of the details of his unfinished journey are known. Then, the step by step of the only transatlantic journey.
departure of the titanic
the Titanic sailed at 12:15 p.m. 10 April 1912 from Southampton HarborEngland, to New York. On board were 2,208 people: 324 in first class, 284 in second, 709 in third and 891 crew members.
Among the passengers were some of the richest people in the world. There were, for example, the shipping magnate and Captain Edward Crosby; businessman and copper magnate Benjamin Guggeheim; banker and financial adviser George Widener; Isidor Straus, co-owner of Macy’s department store; Scottish aristocrat and Countess of Rothes, Noel Leslie, and White Star Line chairman, Jospeh Ismay, among others.
The Titanic’s journey
Heading for the French town of Cherbugo, in Normandyher first port of call, the Titanic leaves the mouth of the River Test and skirts the Isle of Wight, then enters the Strait of Solent, through which she will channel herself towards the English Channel.
On April 11, the second day of the voyage, an emergency drill was carried out to test the alarms and the closing of the steel doors of the ship’s 16 watertight compartments. The process has completed successfully and no outages were reported.
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Before entering the ocean, he did the last stop: the port of Queenstown, Ireland. There she arrived at 11:30 a.m. to pick up the last passengers. In addition, several letters of mail destined for the United States were received. Two hours later, the Titanic He continued on his way and, around 4:40 p.m., he entered the high seas.
It wasn’t until April 13 that reports started coming in of large blocks of ice on the road. The closer the boat gets to the island of Newfoundland, the more the temperature of the water drops and, consequently, most likely to hit an iceberg.
The crash and sinking of the Titanic
On April 14 at 11:40 p.m., the lookout Frederick Fleet saw a huge iceberg a few kilometers away and sounded the alarm. However, the boat was unable to avoid the obstacle, which cracked steel plates on the starboard side of the ship.
The accident was barely felt on board as a small jolt, according to the account of several of the survivors. However, after assessing the damage, the captain gave the order to prepare the lifeboats, along with the start of the distress alerts.
Panic erupted when it was confirmed that there was lack of rescue rafts and that nearly half of the passengers were able to make it out alive, a figure which ultimately turned out to be much lower. In total, the liner took 160 minutes to completely sink, leaving 1,496 dead and 712 survivors.