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This Boat is Unsinkable!

The Making of the Titanic

The Titanic started because of the intense competition among rival shipping lines in the fisrt half of he 20th century. On March 1909, work started on the Titanic and kept on nonstop until the spring of 1911. On may 9, 191, the Titanic made its way to the River Lagan in Belfast. More than 100,000 people attended to this launching, whcich only took just about a minute. This, was the official time in which the Titanic was finally completed.


Picture Citation

Titanic. Digital image. Siliconrepublic. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.


Titanic's First Fatal Flaw

According to some of the many hypotheses, the Titanic had its days counted from the start by the design so many lauded as state-of-the-art. The boat was called "practically unsinkable" but then, the watertight compartement contained a flaw that may have been an important factor of the boat's sinking. While the individual bulkheads were watertight, water actually could spill from one compartement to another. Several of Titanic's Cunard-owned contemporaries already boasted innovative safety features made to avoid these terrible situations. If people had taken this seriously, they might've saved the Titanic from its terrible fate.


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Titanic. Digital image. HMHS Britannic. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2013.

Titanic's Second Fatal Flaw

The second, but equally as important, error that the creator of the Titanic commited was the loss of enough lifeboats in the big ship. There were 16 little boats along with 4 Engelhardt "collapsibles", and they coul carry aproximately 1,178 people. But, the Titanic when full could carry around 2,435 passengers. Plus, there was a crew of aproximately 900 people. This brought the capacity to almost 3,300. As a consequence, even if the boats were all filled to their full capacity, only one third of all the people could fit in the boats. This was probably one of the most stupid things that the creators of the Titanic didn't take in consideration. They thought that the Titanic was unsinkable and that not even God could sink it... You know how wrong they were.


Picture Citation:

Titanic Lifeboats. Digital image. Titanic Universe. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2013


Miss Elizabeth Gladys Dean

Miss Elizabeth Gladys Dean, was also known as Millvina. She was only a few months old when she, her parents, and a brother, boarded the Titanic. They went in at Southampton. They were immigrating to Kansas where her father had high hopes of opening a tabacconist shop. Her mother, brother, and Millvina were the only ones in her family that survived and were rescued. Millvina was the last remaining survivor of the Titanic. Unfortunately, she passed away on May 31, 2009 at the age of 97.


Picture Citation:

Millvina. Digital image. Titanic Universe. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2013.


Violet Jessop

Violet was an ocean liner stewardess and a nurse. She was one of the few survivers of the tragedy. She is also very well known for surviving the Britannic in 1916. The Britannic was the sister ship to Titanic. Violet, ALSO survived an earlier fiasco in 191, when she was in the RMS Olympic and it collided with another ship. On May 5, 1971, she passed away. This happened because of congestive heart failure. But, she had a pretty exciting life though!


Picture Citation:

Violet Jessop. Digital image. Titanic Universe. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2013


Lillian Asplund

Lillian was the last American/Swedish survivor of the sinking Titanic. She was only five years old when this happened. But, amazingly, she had actual valid memories of the sinking. She and her family were at third class part of the ship. They boarded it on April 10, 1912. She remembered that the Titanic was a freshly-painted and big ship. She also commented that she didn't particularly like the smell of the paint. She spent her last days at the age of 99. She finally passed away on May 6, 2006.


Barbara Joyce Dainton

Her parents, Barbara, a sister, and one on the way were immigrating to the United States. They were going to try and begin a new life. But then, the Titanic hit t1he iceberg. Barbara was the second to last remaining living survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. Little Barbara was only 10 months old when she was aboard. Unfortunately, her dad wasn't as lucky as the rest of her family. If it was found, her father's body was never identified. But it still could also be at the bottom of the sea.


Titanic - 1912 Original Video Footage

Citations

The Making of the Titanic: http://www.history.com/topics/titanic

Titanic's First Fatal Flaw: http://www.history.com/topics/titanic

Titanic's Second Fatal Flaw: http://www.history.com/topics/titanic

Miss Elizabeth Gladys Dean/Violet Jessop/Lillian Asplund/Barbara Joyce Dainton: http://www.titanicuniverse.com/