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The Tragic Story of the Titanic



The Tragic Story of the Titanic

Before the fate of the Titanic, Morgan Robertson wrote a book called The Wreck of the Titan in 1898. The ship predicted 'unsinkable' sank. Many lives were lost due to too few lifeboats. This story predicted the fate of the Titanic.

In 1907, J. B. Ismay, president of White Star Lines, and Lord Pirrie, chairman of Harland & Wolff shipbuilders, discussed to plan three ocean liners, one of which was the Titanic. The Titanic would become the biggest ship of her day.                       

On April 10, 1912, the Titanic, commanded by Captain Edward J. Smith, set sail. On April 11, 1912, there were seven warning messages about icebergs on the Titanic's course. These messages were noted but were not taken into account. At around 11:40 p.m. Sunday, April 14, the Titanic hit an iceberg. (The picture shows distress flares after the Titanic hit the iceberg). By 2:18 a.m., April 15, 1912, the Titanic submerged into the murky water and sank to her final resting place.

The Discovery


            The Titanic was discovered by Robert Ballard (left) in August 1985. With the help of Sonar and Agro, Ballard and his research team found the wreck. Argo was a small submarine (more like a sled) with lights and cameras. It was operated by the research team above her in her mother ship, Knorr. With the help of Argo's cameras, the Titanic was found. Without the use of Argo, the Titanic may not have been found.
After the discovery, one year later Ballard and his research team travelled back to take a closer look. They used a small submarine, Alvin, to get a first hand look at the wreck. To explore the Titanic closer, a crew member inside Alvin manipulated Jason, a robotic mini sub. Jason was the first to explore and see the Titanic since 1912!
Below is how the Titanic looks at her final resting place. On the left is the stern (rear of boat) and on the right is the bow (front of the boat). 

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