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         THE GREATEST STORY OF 20TH CENTURY


Today, April 14th at midnight something happened that many of us who are sleeping in our warm beds wouldn't imagine. It not a bomb that could kill hundreds, its not a fire that could kill 20 people but its a ship that was considered unsinkable. " Unsinkable" " the ship of dreams" that sank.  The great Titanic sank at 2:20 am in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Carpathia arrived near the spot after two hours when Titanic sank to the bottom of the ocean with many lives with it. The police are tried to see if there were survivors but there weren’t any except the ones in the rescue ship.

At 11:30pm in the grand Titanic everyone is in his or her beds but at that same moment telegrams were sent to Titanic about the icebergs in the ocean near to the ship. Many think that maybe the telegrams never reached the RMS Titanic.
At around 11:40pmthe huge ship scraped 248ft against a sharp iceberg. Slowly after the incident the first five decks were flooded with ice-cold water.  Edward Wilding, a Naval architect at Harland And Wolff, states “16,000 cubic feet of water entered the hull in just 40 minutes. At this point there is no way out for Titanic.”

At 12:oo distress calls were made by crewmembers. Frankfurt and Carpathia received the calls. Carpathia took the call and headed for Titanic with full speed but the speed was only twenty knots so it would take four hours for Carpathia to get to the sinking Titanic.

Around 12:25 the rescue boats started to load with women and children first. The crew didn’t have any training for this process so they only loaded 20-25 people in the boats that could carry 65 men. At 12:45 the first rescue boat was descended to the ocean with many hopeless people behind. After the first boat many others were descended but still weren’t filled up to its full capacity. The last ship left at 2:05 five leaving 1500 passengers were still aboard waiting to die.


At 2:15 the last distress signal was sent and it’s the first time anyone ever used that signal. At last at 2:18 the ship split in half and the first half went down 12,000 feet below the ocean. After 2 minutes the ship that was called unsinkable sank below the ocean and in our hearts.

“ There were screams everywhere but we still managed to convince ourselves that they weren’t from our loved ones,” said a survivor on lifeboat 7, which was the first to leave. Only one rescue boat went back to get survivors but only picked up 8 people, who were dying of hypothermia.

“The boats had nothing to do but wait,“ says Edward Wilding. Out of the 2,223 only 706 survived which is only 32% of the passengers. Titanic was now below the ocean but it was considered an unsinkable ship for 5 days. Titanic never made it to New York and the passenger’s dreams were shattered.

Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland by Harland and Wolff shipbuilders and William Pierre. It was financial assisted by White Star Line. The ship was built with three others: the Mauritania, Lusitanian, Britannic. Titanic was the biggest and had the most horsepower than the other three ships. The Titanic was considered the unsinkable.

Today many of are informed with this tragic event that happened yesterday at 2:20, April 15th. The sinking of the Titanic came as a shock to many people. It didn’t just take a life but it took 1500 that were just waiting to die.



                         Local news

The world is stunned by the loss of the liner Titanic on her maiden voyage.
Today Halifax, Nova Scotia two ships near the eastern coast of Canada that are playing a key role in the tragedy’s aftermath. It is now the final resting place for the victims that were unclaimed from the Titanic.


Shortly after the Titanic sank the White Star Line chartered four Canadian vessels; two Halifax-based cable ships, the MacKay-Bennett and the Minia, a Canadian government vessel Montmagny and a St. John's-based Bowring vessel, Algerine. There were 328 bodies recovered, with 209 being returned to Halifax; the badly damaged, or deteriorated bodies were buried at sea. Of the 119 buried at sea, about 60 were unidentified at the time and 49 remain unidentified.

Three Halifax ships were involved in the grim task of recovering victims, many of whom were laid to rest in three of our city's cemeteries. Rows of black granite headstones, each inscribed with the same date, April 15, 1912, are a stark reminder of the disaster. Many of the bodies were buried in the sea but most of the passenger’s names were graved in a city in Canada.

Once victims were returned to Halifax, a temporary morgue was set up in the Mayflower Curling Rink near the northwest corner of Agricola and McCully Streets. From there, identified bodies were shipped out to families' or interred in Halifax according to families' wishes. The Halifax Deputy Registrar of Deaths, John Henry Barnstead, supervised the handling of victims, with all personal effects kept in small canvas bags, numbered to match the body number assigned at sea.

Ultimately 150 Titanic victims were buried in ceremonies from May 3, to June 12, 1912. Nineteen are in the Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, ten are in the Baron de Hirsch Jewish Cemetery, and 121 are in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Of these, 42 remain unidentified.

                           Buisiness

On April 12 at 2:30 am Titanic the unsinkable sank below the ocean taking with it thousands  of lives. Not only were there lives lost but also thousands of money was lost. William Pierre’s work was lost in the ocean and with that the economy of the ship’s went dramatically down.

With the tragedy of titanic not many people want ot travel on another grand and  big ship like titanic. That puts a lot of pressure to the ship companies because now they have to make smaller ships so that there company wouldn’t go bankrupt.














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