On This Day: April 10th

On the 10th of April 1912 the RMS Titanic set out on its fateful maiden voyage, the ship departed from Southampton on the south coast of England. The ship cost 7.5 million US dollars and was completed in 1912. Titanic’s planned route was Southampton to New York City, it would sail via Cherbourg, France and Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland. The captain of the ship was Edward John Smith.

The RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, and the upon its voyage some of the wealthiest people in the world were aboard. The Titanic was considered unsinkable by many at the time, unsinkable being part of the ships advertising campaigns. However as we all know on the 15th of April the unsinkable ship sank, five days after the ships departure.

The Titanic struck an iceberg at 11:40 pm on the 14th of April 1912, and had sunk less than three hours later. The ship hit the iceberg around 375 miles south of Newfoundland, and caused five of the sixteen watertight compartments on the ship to open to the water. The ship slowly filled with water  causing many to drown deeper in the ship. Many were evacuated by lifeboat particularly women and children due to protocol. By 2:20 am the ship had broken apart with well over one thousand still onboard. The disaster cost the lives of over 1500 passengers and crew.

The sinking was met with shock and anger that such an event could occur, the outrage led to major improvements in maritime safety after inquiries by the United States and Great Britain. The wreck of the Titanic remains on the seabed today, gradually disintegrating at a depth of over 12,000 feet. The memory of the Titanic has been kept alive by numerous works of popular culture such as the famous film and books. Titanic is now known as one of the most famous ships to have existed, mostly due to its untimely demise into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

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