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When the Titanic was launched in 1912 it was the biggest ship in the world It was as long as three football fields it was 25 stories high and it weighed 45 000 tons It was also a luxurious hotel and some of the worlds wealthiest people were on board for its maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York City Just four days into its voyage - about 1140 on the night of April 14 1912 it struck ice in the North Atlantic and sank in just two and a half hours Tragically out of 2207 people on board only 705 survived The other 1502 died because there were not enough lifeboats I have been fascinated by the Titanic ever since I saw the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet Ive read some books and a couple of articles Theres a lot of disagreement among experts over what actually happened that night Ive decided that the most reliable experts are two sea captains who have written about the sinking One of them is Joseph Conrad a novelist and former sea captain who wrote an article about the Titanic a few months after it sank The other is David G Brown author of a new book The Last Log of the Titanic Brown has served as a ships captain and he teaches US Coast Guard safety courses I find these two the most trustworthy because they write from many years of experience in handling large ships Based on what these sea captains say I want to show you that the Titanic disaster happened because of two beliefs that were tragically erroneous Lets look at the first of these beliefs The captain of the Titanic - Edward John Smith believed that ice was just a nuisance an inconvenience not a great danger In the past some ships in the North Atlantic had hit icebergs or underwater ice shelves and a few of these encounters had
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