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Titanic Titanic was the largest ship in the world built by aworkforce of17000 The ultimate in turn-of-the-century design and technology First-classsuites ran to more than 55000 in todays dollars and when she sailed onher maiden voyage from Southampton England on route to NY she heldamong her 2227 passengers The cream of industrial society includingcolonel John Jacob Astor Macys founder US congressman Isidor Strausand Thomas Andrews the ships builder The ship was built of easilysealed-off compartments If for some unimaginable reason the hull werepunctured only the compartment actually ruptured would flood In an worstcase example - builders figured that the Titanic would take from one to threedays to sink time for nearby ships to help because there was only 16lifeboats Unfortunately things didnt work out that way On April 14th 1912 at about 730at the first ominous hint of disasterhas came Into the earphones of the wireless operator on duty came amessage from the steamer California Three large bergs five miles southwardfrom us But the Titanic continued to rush through the deepening darknessThe temperature was one degree above freezing When lookouts FrederickFleet and Reginald Lee had come on duty at 10 PM the sky was cloudlessand the air clear At around 1130 PM just half an hour before they weretobe rewired a slight haze had appeared directly ahead And about two pointson either side Suddenly - his training causing his reflexes to functioninstinctively Fleet gave the warning bell and immediately reached acrossthecrowns nest to the bridges telephone In its compartment on the starboardside He rang ms bell urgently Fleet replaced the telephone and grippedthecrowns nest rail At 1140 PM April 14 1912 The lookouts spotted the iceberg aquarter-mile ahead Had they not alerted the bridge the ship would not haveattempted a turn At 1140PM the ship sideswipes the ice Because ofthesteels ductility it would have absorbed massive amounts of energy The icecrashed right through the plating as it grinded along the side
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