Today marks the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS TITANIC and we remain just as fascinated by the tragedy as the people were in 1912, when the event occurred.
Numerous tragic ship sinkings happened before Titanic and many occurred afterward, yet this is the one people research, write novels about and depict in blockbuster movies.
On 14 April 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm ship’s time. The glancing collision caused the ship’s hull plates to buckle inwards along her starboard side and opened five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea; the ship gradually filled with water. Passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partially loaded. A disproportionate number of men were left aboard because of a “women and children first” protocol followed by some of the officers loading the lifeboats. By 2:20 am, the mighty ship broke apart and foundered, with well over 1500 people still aboard.
History can be awful, yet truly inspiring, and has always fascinated and amazed me.
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