Titanic : Behind The Story

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Titanic: Behind the Story Titanic was one of the largest ships of her day. She was hailed to be one of the greatest ships of her time. She was called, “The ship of dreams.” She was supposed to be unsinkable. The Titanic was made by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland. Harland and Wolff was a construction company for the White Star Line. Construction for the Titanic began in 1909 and took nearly three years to complete. On the night of April 14, 1912, the Titanic was on her maiden voyage to New York, carrying many passengers from the upper class of society, to the poorest of people, who could barely afford a ticket on the Titanic, coming to live in America, when suddenly she struck an iceberg! Around 1500 lives were lost that night, and around 705 survived the sinking. It was determined that the iceberg was the cause of her sinking, but, after much research scientists and historians have found that her sinking was more complicated then realized. However, it wasn’t just the iceberg that made the Titanic sink, she was doomed before she began her maiden voyage, the iceberg was only a small part of it. One contributor to the tragedy happened before she ever set sail, the construction. Low quality iron rivets were used instead of the steel rivets which were the highest quality rivets back in her time. Iron rivets were cheaper than steel rivets (Broad,1). Like both the Titanic’s sisters, Olympic and Britannic,

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