The sinking of the Titanic during its maiden voyage on 14 April 1912 was one of the greatest maritime tragedies in history and sent shockwaves around the world, as the ship was previously believed to be unsinkable. In many ways a symbol of the optimism, boundless confidence and technological progress of the Belle Époque, this luxury liner welcomed over 2000 people from all strata of society for its transatlantic crossing. In just 50 minutes, you will find out what caused the seemingly invincible vessel to sink and learn about its far-reaching consequences, including the introduction of new safety regulations for shipping.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the Titanic‘s maiden voyage and the events leading up to the liner’s fateful collision with an immense iceberg. It also features biographies of important figures, including Edward John Smith, Thomas Andrews and Joseph Bruce Ismay, as well as an examination of the impact of the disaster, giving you all the essential information about this tragic event.
About the Titanic
The Titanic was the jewel in the crown of the White Star Line, and was viewed as the pinnacle of comfort and luxury for adventurous travelers. Its experienced captain had full confidence in the ship’s abilities, but it proved unable to withstand the impact of the iceberg, which caused water to flood into the lower levels. With just 1178 lifeboat seats for some 2200 passengers, by this stage tragedy was inevitable, and in the end only around 700 of the people on board survived.
This clear and accessible 42-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to the Titanic
- Europe: master of the world
- The effervescence of the Belle Époque
- The glory days of liner ships
- Edward John Smith, sea veteran
- Thomas Andrews, the shipbuilder
- Joseph Bruce Ismay, sponsor
- The Titanic‘s unique journey
- Delusions of grandeur
- Nothing but the ocean as far as the eye can see
- Iceberg right ahead!
- Women and children first
- The disappearance of the titan
- Impact of the sinking of the Titanic
- Enhanced security
- The birth of a myth
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