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Lest We Forget: The Titanic

It was the early morning of April 15 in 1912 when the famous RMS Titanic, the largest, most advanced, and best luxurious ship at the time, sunk. With an estimated number of 2,200 passengers, the peacetime maritime tragedy had 1,500 casualties, unfortunately while on its fourth day of its maiden voyage.

As History recalls:

On April 14, after four days of uneventful sailing, Titanic received sporadic reports of ice from other ships, but she was sailing on calm seas under a moonless, clear sky.
At about 11:30 p.m., a lookout saw an iceberg coming out of a slight haze dead ahead, then rang the warning bell and telephoned the bridge. The engines were quickly reversed and the ship was turned sharply—instead of making direct impact, Titanic seemed to graze along the side of the berg, sprinkling ice fragments on the forward deck.

But the lookouts did not expect the underwater spur of the iceberg, which slashed the ship. Checking the damage with seawater already flooding the compartments, the Titanic was said to remain afloat for a calculation of an hour or more, which gave way to the lifeboat evacuations – which were also later on confirmed to be disorganized and very haphazard.

The Titanic fully sank at approximately 2:20 in the morning of April 15, with only 705 survivors.



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