The Sinking Of The Titanic

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A ship bigger than the world had ever seen, three years in the making, took less than three hours to sink into the depths of the ocean (Fowler; “Build”; Yasuda 6; “Sinking”; “Interesting”; Hall 38; Stewart 8). In April of 1912, The RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sank 12,000 feet to the ocean floor. This incident cost the lives of over 1,500 passengers and crew members, over half the total people that had been on board (“Sinking”). The Titanic was the largest ship ever built when it entered service, at 882 feet long, 92 feet wide, and 175 feet high, and was touted as "unsinkable" (Hall 19,38; Yasuda 5,7; Hopkinson 25; “World’s”; Stewart 8). The Titanic disaster was a wake-up call for many people, average citizens and maritime experts alike (Savage). As a result of the sinking of the so-called "unsinkable" Titanic, exploration into better safety regulations and shipbuilding techniques occurred. Safety regulations in place at the time of the Titanic disaster were outdated and ineffective, leading maritime experts to explore ways to improve them. Prior to the sinking of the Titanic, the 1894 Merchant Shipping Act was the only regulation on how many lifeboats a ship should have. It dictated how many lifeboats a ship needed, the total number of which was based upon that ship’s tonnage. The Merchant Shipping Act was 20 years old in 1912, and did not take into account the rapidly increasing size of ships being constructed, since its inception. According to the Merchant

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