I am doing The History of the Titanic link for our website. Almost ninety-seven years ago, the ship we all know sank. It was a tragic day.
In the early 1900’s, the only way to travel across the ocean was by ship. Many traveled this way, with very little or hidden fears. Coincidently, in 1898, a man named Morgan Robertson, who was afraid of ice bergs, wrote a book call Futility. The book was based on a ship named the Titan that set sail on a maiden voyage on an April day. The ship ended up hitting an ice berg and sinking. There were not enough life boats for all the passengers on board. The book basically mirrored the future Titanic disaster.
A few years later, the White Star Line designed a ship called the Titanic. The Titanic was eleven story buildings high, and three football fields long. Thomas Andrews was the man who designed the Titanic. He tried to make sure that it was the largest of all time. The name Titanic was picked because it means huge or powerful. It set sail for its main voyage on April 10th, 1912. It was labeled as the “unsinkable ship." The Titanic could hold up to 2,500 passengers. The captain, Edward Smith, was named the millionaires captain because he had traveled with all of the richest men. Back then, a first class ticket cost four hundred dollars. A second class ticket cost sixty-five dollars, and third class ticket cost thirty-five dollars. There weren’t many children on board the Titanic, but just enough. They were five children in first class, twenty-two in second class, and seventy-three in third class. Unfortunately, on April 15th, 1912, the Titanic sank 12,500 feet below the water. After the sinking, the Carpathia came to the passengers rescue. 706 passengers were saved. In 1985, a man named Robert Ballard began to explore the underwater mystery. He specifically asked no one to disturb the Titanic to respect all the lives that were lost. Each year on April 15th, the International Ice Patrol throws wreaths at the spot in a memorial for the lives lost. No one will ever forget that tragic night the Titanic sank.
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