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I have always been intrigued by the Titanic but my interest boomed with the recent development in how the side of the ship was damaged I was amazed that instead of causing a gaping wound as was previously believed the iceberg that Titanic hit merely caused a series of small rips in the side of the ship Sonar was used to determine that the side of the ship had six small slits that were no bigger than a single hand httpwwwtitanicccsonarhtm This research amazed me because of the amount of water that passed through the small slits in the hull I was always interested in ships but the mystery that surrounded the Titanic sinking caused me to choose it for my senior project At our first meeting May 29 1997 Mrs Ferguson mentioned that I should try to incorporate my creative writing abilities into the project Together we came up with writing fictional diary entries for real passengers My intent was to bring the people of the doomed liner to life through their thoughts throughout the trip I chose which passengers diaries I would write and then heavily researched each of these individuals The craze from the movie Titanic made getting information difficult but I was able to gather the facts I needed from the Internet as well as books and documents from the library After researching the people I adapted their personas and attempted to write a close facsimile to what I believe their diaries would have resembled RMS Titanic was the last grand dream of the Gilded Age It was designed to be the greatest achievement of an era of prosperity confidence and propriety The old presumptions about class morals and gender-roles were about to be shattered If the concept of Titanic was the climax of the age then perhaps its sinking was the curtain that marked the end of the old drama and the start of a new one The intensely competitive
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