300. The Titanic

One of the world's greatest tragedies was the of the luxury liner Titanic. Although it was British ship, many Americans were on board during terrible night of April 15, 1912. The ship on its maiden voyage on that night when struck an iceberg in the deep waters of North Atlantic Ocean. The ship was in route New York City from Southampton, UK when it the iceberg, killing more than 1,500 of the ,224 passengers. The ship was the largest ship ever to that date, and was thought to be .

The ship's passengers varied from some of the people in the world at the time, to of immigrant workers who were trying to find in the United States. The Titanic was equipped technological safety features like remote control watertight doors, watertight compartments, but it did not carry enough for all passengers. Because of the immense size the ship, it was thought to be unsinkable, fact that contributed to the small number of carried on the ship. Additionally, many of the were not filled to capacity when they were , causing more loss of life.

Most of those that night were men. The protocol followed by ship's officers required "women and children first," when lifeboats. The accident was met by international shock grief. Many of today's maritime rules were put place because of this disaster. Only 705 passengers on lifeboats were saved that night. The ship into two parts before it went under. It more than a mile deep in the North . The sinking of the Titanic has been documented film and literature over the years.





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