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i like the titanic :]

the titanic life jacket

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I love ships... especially if they caught a huge fire on the deck.... no wait... let me rephrase that, I love FIRE!!!!
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The Titanic

What is, perhaps, the single most famous shipwreck of all time, the wreck of the RMS Titanic. On the fateful night of April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg that sent her to a deep and cold watery grave. Her wreckage lies in 12,460 feet of water in the North Atlantic, a lonely stretch of water several hundred miles west of Nova Scotia. In 1985, her remains were discovered by a Franco-American expedition led by the world-renowned oceanographer Bob Ballard.

Let’s discuss and look at the men and women, and their equipment, that made this discovery possible. We’ll also talk about more recent expeditions to the Titanic, and look at some of the artifacts that have been recovered from the site. We will also talk a little about the controversy over disturbing this wreck. But first, let’s review the story of this magnificent vessel and its horrific tragedy..

White Star Line LogoThe Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland, under the direction of J. Bruce Ismay, co-owner of the White Star Line. On July 31, 1908, the final contracts were signed for the construction of Titanic and her sister ships the Olympic and the Britannic. The Titanic as her name implies was enormous. According to the original specifications, she would be 882 feet 9 inches in length, 94 feet wide and 100 feet high to the Bridge level. Construction continued in various phases until the Titanic was ready for her maiden voyage on April 10, 1912.

Let’s take a closer look at the activities of this fateful day.

At about 7:30 a.m., Captain Edward J. Smith boards the Titanic along with his crew. The Titanic is in Southampton, England, having made a short sail from the shipyards in Ireland as a test.

At 8:00 a.m., the crew is summoned and a brief lifeboat drill is conducted using only two starboard boats (number 11 and 15).

Between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., passengers are permitted to board the ship. As depicted in the recent Movie “Titanic”, the boarding for first class passengers is quite a different process than for those destined for steerage. Wealthy people enjoyed lavish accommodations, fine food, recreation and breathtaking views of the Ocean. Second class and steerage passengers were boarded below decks, often in cramped quarters. Many were immigrants hoping to begin a new life in America.

At 11:30 a.m., the First class passengers are escorted to their cabins.

By noon on April 10, 1912, the Titanic sets sail. Casting off from the docks, she is towed by several tugboats and is escorted to the open ocean.

At 5:30 p.m., the Titanic arrives at Cherbourg, France to pick up more passengers. By 8:00 p.m., she takes on 274 additional passengers and sets sail for an overnight trip to Queensland, Ireland. By 11:30 a.m. the next day, 120 more passengers are boarded.

At 1:30 p.m., on April 11, 1912, the Titanic’ anchor is lifted for the final time. Once more several tugboats escort to the open ocean where she will depart on her first transatlantic voyage to New York. Of course, this will be the last time she will ever see port again.

An estimate of 2,227 people was believed to be aboard the Titanic before her ill-fated disaster. The exact number passengers are not known due to various discrepancies in the crew and passenger lists.

The story of Titanic’ final days at sea is legendary and of course, her sinking is one of the most captivating and tragic stories of modern times.

Between April 11 and 12, the Titanic covered 386 miles of open-ocean, the weather is calm and clear.

Between April 12 and 13, the Captain decides to increase her speed, which allows her to cover 519 miles. The crew started to receive ice warnings, but that was expected and was not considered unusual for April.

On Sunday, April 14, 1912, the Titanic began to pick up more frequent iceberg warnings being observed from nearby vessels. For instance, at 1:42 p.m., an iceberg warning from the vessel Baltic is received which tells of large quantities of field ice about 250 miles ahead of the Titanic. The message is given to Captain Smith, who later gives it to Bruce Ismay who was aboard for her maiden voyage. He puts the message in his pocket.

At 5:30 that evening, the captain slightly alters the ship’s course, perhaps to try to avoid the ice.

At 7:30 p.m., three warning messages from the Californian concerning large icebergs are received. The messages are once again relayed to the Captain, who is attending a dinner party. The ice is now only 50 miles ahead.

At 9:20 p.m., the Captain retires for the night, asking only to be wakened if necessary.

At 11:40 p.m., the Titanic is moving at 20 ½ knots (23.59 mi/hr). The air temperature is close to 32 degrees under a cloudless sky. The water temperature is 31 degrees. Suddenly, the Titanic’ lookouts spot an iceberg, towering 50-60 feet above the water only 500 yards away. Immediately, the warning bells are sounded and messages relayed to the bridge.

Sixth officer Moody is on the bridge at the time and acknowledges the warning. The order to turn the ship “hard-a-starboard” is given along with the order to stop the engines. The levers to close the watertight doors below the waterline are activated. The Titanic begins to veer to port but it is too late. Titanic strikes the iceberg along the starboard bow side of the ship. The iceberg retreats into the night, having inflicted a mortal wound on this great ship. A mere 37 seconds have elapsed from the moment the iceberg was sighted.

The Titanic is DOOMED!

In ten minutes, water has risen 14 feet above the keel. The first five compartments are taking on water. Boiler room number 6 is flooded in eight feet of water.

By midnight, the mailroom, 24 feet above the keel, begins taking on water. The captain asks for and receives an assessment of the situation: The Titanic will stay afloat for 1 to 1 ½ hours only.

The Captain orders a distress signal sent out over the wireless. The ship’s position: 41 degrees 46 minutes North, 50 degrees 14 minutes West.

Map of Titanic' LocationBy 12:05 a.m., April 15, 1912, the Squash court, 32 feet above the keel, is awash. Orders are given to uncover the lifeboats. The grim reality of the situation is beginning to take shape. There is only enough room for 1,178 passengers in the lifeboats, but there are 2,227 people on board.

Between 12:15 and 2:17 a.m., several ships report having heard the Titanic’ distress signals. These include the Titanic’ sister ship the Olympic, who is 500 miles away. The Mount Temple, Frankfort, Birma, Baltic, Virginian and the Carpathia all attempt to come about and render assistance.

At around 12:15 a.m., the ship’s band begins to play music in the first class lounge on “A deck”…this of course, is a famous and ultimately surrealistic image!

At 12:25 a.m., the order to begin loading lifeboats is given and by 12:45, the first boat is lowered away. It leaves with 28 people, but it has a capacity to hold 68.

The loading of passengers into lifeboats soon degenerates into chaos. More and more lifeboats leave, most of them are less than fully loaded. Panic now grips the passengers as many begin to realize the desperate situation at hand.

At 1:45 a.m., the last words ever heard from the titanic are received by the Carpathia, which is steaming at full speed to try to render assistance. These words are: “Engine room full up to the boilers”

At 2:10 a.m., with water now only ten feet below the promenade deck, Captain Smith relieves the wireless operators from their duties. One of them, a man by the name of Phillips, continues to send messages. The last message was sent at 2:17 a.m.

The Captain finally states that “Its every man for himself” and retreats to the bridge to await the end.

At this time, the Titanic’ bow plunges underwater. By 2:20 a.m., the broken off stern section settles below the water and the ship begins its long, lonely descent into the darkness of the icy Atlantic. The Times Dispatch Newspaper - Titanic Headlines

Out of 2,220 that booked passage, 1,500 die as a result of the sinking, with 705 people surviving.
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I kinda need to puke when I'm on a ship >__>
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I just love the feeling of being in a ship but I'm not a big ship fan myself.
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I love ships... especially if they caught a huge fire on the deck.... no wait... let me rephrase that, I love FIRE!!!!

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...a ship is where you can have time to savor each moment and reflect...and appreciate God's wonderful creation...
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yeah.. i love ships too.. they're awesome....
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jette1221 wrote:

I love ships... especially if they caught a huge fire on the deck.... no wait... let me rephrase that, I love FIRE!!!!

Oh yeah, smokin'.... now that's what i'll call 'nice boats'...
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From the Philippines:

December 20, 1987 - M.V. Doña Paz collided with an oil tanker, went ablaze, and sank. Estimated 4000 deaths, only 24 survivors. All crew members perished and many of the passengers who died were not in the ship's manifest. Worst peacetime maritime disaster in history (Compared to R.M.S. Titanic's 1,517 dead).

December 2, 1994 - M.V. Cebu City collided with a freighter and sank at Manila Bay. 140 dead.

September 18, 1998 - The overloaded M.V. Princess of the Orient sailed into a typhoon and capsized. 150 dead.

February 27, 2004 - Superferry 14 Terrorist Bombing by Abu Sayyaf,116 dead.

June 22, 2008 - M.V. Princess of the Stars met head-on with the typhoon Fengshen and capsized. More than 700 dead or missing. Only about 40 survivors.

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NAVY ships are cool in my opinion.
As for example the Mesothelioma, it haves em jets.
Even though I took the class, but never got the chance to get on the real ride.

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I would like to ride this ship!

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LONDON - Millvina Dean was only 2 months old when she was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat from the doomed Titanic. Now 96, the last survivor of the tragic sinking is selling mementos of the disaster to help pay her nursing home fees.

Rescued from the bitterly cold Atlantic on that April 1912 night, Dean, her 2-year-old brother and her mother were taken to New York with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Before returning home to England, they were given a small wicker suitcase of donated clothing, a gift from New Yorkers to help them rebuild their lives.

Now, Dean is selling the suitcase and other Titanic mementos to help pay her nursing home fees. They are expected to go for $5,200 at an auction of Titanic memorabilia Saturday in Devizes in western England.

Among the items are rare prints of the Titanic and letters from the Titanic Relief Fund offering her mother one pound, seven shillings and sixpence a week in compensation.

But the key item in the sale is the suitcase, said auctioneer Andrew Aldridge. "They would have carried their little world in this suitcase," he said Thursday.

Dean has lived at Woodlands Ridge, a private nursing home in the southern city of Southampton — Titanic's home port — since she broke her hip two years ago.

"I am not able to live in my home anymore," Dean was quoted as telling the Southern Daily Echo newspaper. "I am selling it all now because I have to pay these nursing home fees and am selling anything that I think might fetch some money."

A spokeswoman for Woodlands Ridge said Dean was too tired Thursday to speak to The Associated Press.

She said rooms at the nursing home cost between $1,000 and $1,550 a week, depending on the level of care the resident needs, but declined to discuss Dean's situation, saying it was a private matter.

Although Britain has a free health care system, private providers offer more comprehensive services for a fee. In the case of nursing homes, state-run facilities are available and cost much less than private ones. But they are more spartan and offer fewer amenities, such as shared rooms and no private TVs.

Local authorities often pay a portion of the costs of private nursing home care based on an individual's assets; anyone with more than $39,000 in assets has to pay their own fees.

In 1912, baby Elizabeth Gladys "Millvina" Dean and her family were steerage passengers emigrating to Kansas City, Mo., aboard the Titanic.

Four days out of port, on the night of April 14, 1912, it hit an iceberg and sank. Billed as "practically unsinkable" by the publicity magazines of the period, the Titanic did not have enough lifeboats for all 2,200 passengers and crew.

Dean, her mother Georgetta and brother Bertram Jr. were among 706 people — mostly women and children — who were rescued by the steamship Carpathia and survived. Her father, Bertram Dean, was among more than 1,500 who died.

Dean did not know she had been aboard the Titanic until she was 8 years old, when her mother, who was about to remarry, told her about her father's death.

She has no memories of the sinking and said she preferred it that way.

"I wouldn't want to remember, really," she told The Associated Press in a 1997 interview.

Dean said she had seen the 1958 film, "A Night to Remember," with other survivors, but found it so upsetting that she declined to watch any other movies about the disaster, including the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet.

Dean began to take part in Titanic-related activities in the 1980s, and was active well into her 90s. She visited Belfast, Northern Ireland, to see where the ship was built, attended Titanic conventions around the world — where she was mobbed by autograph-seekers — and participated in radio and television documentaries about the sinking.

The last American survivor of the disaster, Lillian Asplund, died in 2006 at the age of 99. Another British survivor, Barbara Joyce West Dainton, died last November at 96.

Aldridge said the "massive interest" in Titanic memorabilia shows no signs of abating. Last year, a collection of items belonging to Asplund sold for more than $175,000.

"It's the people, the human angle," Aldridge said. "You had over 2,200 men, women and children on that ship, from John Jacob Astor, the richest person in the world at the time, to a poor Scandinavian family emigrating to the States to start a new life. There were 2,200 stories."

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eee... only get to ride a ship twice..?
other ones are boats..
not much interest with them..
if i we're to travel i would choose..
yeah titanic movie was awesome..
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