The R.M.S. Titanic

  The Ship Of Dreams, Queen Of The Ocean, call it whatever you wish. Titanic was a one of a kind ship. When people hear Titanic, most think of the ship, R.M.S. Titanic. But most don’t really know much about it. And probably most don’t care. But really, Titanic is more than just a ship that hit an Iceberg and sank off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912. No, it’s more detailed than that. The year was 1912, the date was April 10th, everyone was excited about the new R.M.S. Titanic; the biggest most luxurious ship ever built by man. It was the day that Titanic would set sail for New York, well it did have to make some stops on the way to New York, but that’s getting ahead of the story…. The officers and crew were making last inspections, making sure everything was in order for her maiden voyage. There was a big crowd on the Southampton dock, especially once it got closer to noon. As the passengers boarded the ship, no one knew what awaited them. Well, some did have a strange feeling about the ship especially when Titanic was starting to leave port; the Titanic almost had a collision with the New York (a tug boat), but thankfully nothing came of it. After that, the Titanic set sail for Via Cherbourg (France). They arrived at Cherbourg on the same day at 6:35pm where more passengers came aboard. They left Cherbourg, France for Queenstown, Ireland at 8:10pm. On April 11th at 11:30am, they arrived at Queenstown where more passengers came aboard and 7 First Class passengers disembarked. At 1:30pm, the same day, Titanic leaves Queenstown for New York. On board (As I’ve read) 2,228 passengers and crew. Now, let’s skip to April 14th 1912, the last day that Titanic would see. The day was very nice, cold, but nice. No one really knew what was to come. Though like I said, some had very strange feelings; One passenger couldn’t sleep that night, because of that strange feeling. I’m not sure how many people had this strange feeling about Titanic, but there was some I know. Anyway… All that day there had been Iceberg warnings, but the wireless apparatus had been down during the last evening. The two wireless operators worked hard to get it up and running again, finally they did at about 5:00am that morning and when they did, they had a big pile of messages to send. At 11:40pm, same day… Look-out, Frederick Fleet see’s something about a mile or two away… he immediately rings the bell three times (The bell in the crow’s nest, of course) and then calls to the bridge, where James P. Moody (The Sixth Officer) answers the call, asking, “Yes, what do you see?” Mr. Fleet then answers, “Iceberg, right ahead!” Mr. Moody, in reply, said “Thank you”. He then went to Mr. Murdoch (First officer) to tell him, but he had already seen the berg, and ordered “Hard ‘a Starboard”. Needless to say, it was an exciting moment. Afterwards, Captain Smith came out from his room. He asked Mr. Murdoch “What did we hit?” Mr. Murdoch replied “An, Iceberg sir…” he told the Captain that he had closed the Watertight doors. And that he tried to port ’round it. Captain Smith then told Murdoch to summon the carpenter. As they tried to figure out how much time they had left, they finally came to the conclusion of about an hour or two. The Captain went to the wireless room and told the two wireless operators to send out the distress signal. The two sent the message out until they were excused by the Captain. Even then, Jack Phillips kept on sending messages. As the life boats were being loaded and lowered, the band played to keep others from not getting into a panic. It’s hard to put into detail what happened that night. But after the Titanic sank, 16 Life boats, plus 2 Collapsible boats (Not to mention 2 more Collapsible boats which had floated off the ship and acted as a raft for many)  was in the water. All of them waited to go back to search for survivors in fear of being swamped. After a while, one boat came back. In command of the boat was Fifth Officer, Harold Lowe. I believe (though not for sure) three was rescued from the water. Collapsible B, (one of the over turned Collapsible boats) which had over 20 or more men aboard (Including, Harold Bride, and Jack Phillips, ‘The two wireless operators’ and Jack Thayer Jr. as well as Second Officer, Charles H. Lightoller who took charge of the boat later on.) was slowly sinking from under the men. And finally, after about 4 or 5 hours they were picked up by another Life boat, and was heading to the Carpathia. It took about an hour or two to get all the passengers and crew onto the Carpathia. Slowly but surely they did. After all were aboard, many would talk about what had happened, most -if not all- were crying for their lost loved ones. The Carpathia’s wireless operator (Harold Cottam) was so tired from the night, that Harold Bride (who was frost bitten and tired -I’m sure- himself) volunteered to help him. Besides, that is what his friend (Jack Phillips) would have done. (Who unfortunately didn’t make it.) The Carpathia got to New York on April 18th. Where the voyage finally ended. Out of the 2,200 people aboard, only 705 were saved (Though the absolute number of those saved and dead have never been sure.) Like I said, it’s hard to put every detail into a page. But, this was to give you the over all look of the story! It was a very tragic thing indeed. But, the aftermath of this was in some ways good. They made the laws of the ocean more strict, for example: All ships are required to have enough Life Boats for all aboard, all ships were required to have 24-hour wireless operators at hand. And most of all, the International Ice Patrol (IIP) was formed, to ensure that this tragic disaster was not to happen again. All in all, the story of the Titanic sinking, the heroes, and everything, will always be remembered. As long as there’s people out there (like me) to keep the story alive, and to remember those people who were aboard, whose lives were changed forever! The Titanic will forever be remembered, not only as a tragic thing, but as a reminder, that nothing we make is “Unbreakable” or “Unsinkable”.

The time given in this story was from the TCT
(Titanic ‘Corrected’ Time) ’23 minutes slow.’
This story is a story that I’ve put together
from my research. In other words, this is my essay
on the Titanic. Note, that this story is to just give
you an over all look of the Titanic disaster.
(As I said in the story. LOL)