The Titanic's disaster

The horrifying disaster of April 1912

Written by: Galeana Cayton

The Titanic is Gone....

On April 14th, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg. The officers on bridge had a total of 37 seconds to react before the Titanic hit the iceberg, but they couldn’t stop it from happening. The few people who knew the Titanic might sink were told not to tell anybody else so the people who thought the Titanic was “unsinkable” didn’t start a riot.

After the Titanic hit the iceberg, about 7 tons of water came in per second, and only a few people were aware. In this article, you will learn about how the boat was sinking, incredibly freezing water and people needing a lot of help.

The boat is sinking

After about 10 minutes of water rushing in, you could tell something bad is happening. Whenever someone asked what was going on, none of the officers replied. By then, people started getting mad and started yelling. The officers made sure that everyone had a life protector on, and had everybody from first class (women and children first) come and get on one of the lifeboats.

The men running the machinery were at the very bottom floor, and they got flooded first. The men in control of the ship closed the flood doors to try and stop the water from coming in. But that didn’t work. Water still came in.

Freezing water

By the time all of the lifeboats were filled, , water started filling the front deck, by then, many people started jumping off of the boat, thinking they could live. The people who did jump off, were not aware of how cold the water of the Atlantic ocean was, and without knowing, many innocent people died.

Some people say that if you jump, you would be lucky to be alive even just after 10 minutes!

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Someone help me!

Most people stayed on the boat thinking they could live, but soon they had to jump. Some people grabbed a stray piece of wood to help them stay above water.

Finally rescue boats came and got anybody that was alive. They collected a lot of people then took them to safety. Others they missed, just died.

The end....

A day later, the Titanic is fully under water. Over 1,500 people died in just those two never forgotten days.

As you can see, the Titanic was a disaster.....

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power words!

Disaster- An event that caused a great loss of life.

Freezing- incredibly cold.

Iceberg- A large mass of floating ice.

Stray- To wander.

Riot- A noisy (sometimes violent) crowd protesting against something.