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Titanic Titanic was the largest ship in the world built by a workforce of 17000 Theultimate in turn-of-the-century design and technology First-class suites ran to more than 55000 in todays dollars and when she sailed on her maiden voyage from SouthamptonEngland on route to NY she held among her 2227 passengers The cream of industrialsociety including colonel John Jacob Astor Macys founder US congressman IsidorStraus and Thomas Andrews the ships builder The ship was built of easily sealed-offcompartments If for some unimaginable reason the hull were punctured only thecompartment actually ruptured would flood In an worst case example - builders figuredthat the Titanic would take from one to three days to sink time for nearby ships to helpbecause there was only 16 lifeboats Unfortunately things didnt work out that way OnApril 14th 1912 at about 730 at the first ominous hint of disaster has came Into theearphones of the wireless operator on duty came a message from the steamer CaliforniaThree large bergs five miles southward from us But the Titanic continued to rush throughthe deepening darkness The temperature was one degree above freezing When lookoutsFrederick Fleet and Reginald Lee had come on duty at 10 PM the sky was cloudless andthe air clear At around 1130 PM just half an hour before they were to be rewired aslight haze had appeared directly ahead And about two points on either side Suddenly -his training causing his reflexes to function instinctively Fleet gave the warning bell andimmediately reached across the crowns nest to the bridges telephone In its compartmenton the starboard side He rang ms bell urgently Fleet replaced the telephone and grippedthe crowns 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 have attempted aturn At 1140PM the ship sideswipes the ice Because of the steels ductility it wouldhave absorbed massive amounts of energy The ice
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