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The Titanic Impact On American History

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During the years of 1909 to 1912 the Titanic was being constructed and was launched in Belfast, United Kingdom. “I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.” Captain Edward Smith. The Titanic impacted American history through manufacturing ships stronger and the International Ice Patrol. The Titanic was at the height of luxury at the time. It was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It had fifty telephones and heaters. It took 14,000 workers to build with state of the art comfort. The Titanic only had three working funnels. The fourth funnel was fake. It was put on to make it look more symmetrical and powerful. In total The Titanic weighed 46,000 tons ( Pipe 1-5 ). The Titanic had fifteen electric watertight walls inside the hull that shut automatically if water reached them. It costed 7.5 million dollars to build and it was launched on May 31, 1911. It was meant to be luxurious and not built for speed. It was 882 feet long, ninety two feet wide, and 175 feet tall ( Denenberg 5-10). Captain Edward Smith stayed on the boat while it was sinking. He was an English naval reserve officer. He…show more content…
It ripped between the third and fourth funnels of the ship. The iceberg scraped the bottom of the ship causing it open in six different places on the bottom half of the ship. There were watertight compartments that got filled with water. Four of the watertight compartments could have been filled and the Titanic would still be floating, but six of them got filled so it sank. ( Facts About Titanic )As people scrambled to get to a lifeboat they started to realize that there were not going to be enough lifeboats for everyone. The lifeboats started leaving before they were even full. Some lifeboats could hold up to sixty four but they would only let about thirty two onto the boat. ( Pipe
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