Titanic Informative Speech Outline Essay

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Topic: Titanic
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the Titanic tragedy
Thesis Statement: The sinking of the Titanic remains one of the most famous tragedies in history.
I. (Attention material) Morgan Robertson wrote a book called The Wreck of the Titan. It was about a so called “unsinkable” ship named the Titan that set sail from England to New York. There were many rich and famous passengers on board. On its journey, the Titan hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sunk. Because of the lack of lifeboats, many people died. If this sounds familiar, get this. The Wreck of the Titan was written 14 years before the Titanic sank.
II. (Thesis statement) The sinking of the Titanic
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3. Other accommodations of the ship included a swimming pool, library, barber’s shop, and a photographer’s dark room.
C. The Titanic was believed to be the safest ship to ever be built.
1. In Tibbals’ 1997 book, he described the ship to have an outer layer which would protect the inner layer if the ship were to ever be penetrated. This was referred to as a ‘double bottom’.
2. The bottom of the ship had 16 watertight compartments with automatic doors which would close immediately if water was to enter.
3. These safety features led the ship to be deemed unsinkable.
Transition: Now that I have discussed the titanic itself, let’s take a look at the tragedy that struck it on its’ maiden voyage.
II. Four days after its departure the Titanic hit an iceberg that devastated the ship.
A. The beginning of the voyage was uneventful.
1. According to Tibbals’ 1997 book the Titanic departed from Queenstown, Ireland at 1:30 pm on April 10, 1912 for its destination of New York.
2. The weather was perfect for sailing. The sky was blue, there were light winds, and a calm ocean.
B. The journey came to a halt when the ship hit an iceberg and began to sink.
1. In Donald Lynch’s 1992 book Titanic: An illustrated history he explains that the collision happened at 11:40 pm on Sunday, April 14.
2. Tibbals (1997) wrote that rockets and signals were fired, but no ships were close enough to arrive in

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