What was The Titanic  

Titanic was the largest passenger liner in the earlier part of the 20th century that met its end on its maiden voyage from Southampton. The ship hit an iceberg and sunk resulting in the death of 1517 people. Though the ship was built using the most modern technology of the times and the safety measures employed were of top notch, the passengers on the ship could not be rescued due to various factors. The incident of sinking of the Titanic is considered to be the deadliest among the maritime disasters in the recent times. The number of men who died in the ship wreck was the highest, owing to the women and children first policy followed by the crew on the ship. The incident led to various changes being brought about in the maritime law too, in order to ensure that such mishaps do not repeat in the future.

 The Titanic was built in Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Ireland, UK. There was lot of hype associated with the Titanic, as it was the largest passenger liner of the times and had the most luxurious amenities to the people on board. This is the reason as to why media too gave lot of importance to the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. The ship that left from Southampton from New York on 10th April 1912 and on 14th April 1912, struck an iceberg at 11:30 pm in the night. Though rescue measures were adopted, due to the insufficiency of the lifeboats, many passengers froze to death in the cold waters.

 There were warnings about the presence of iceberg in the course of the ship, but the crew failed to recognize the iceberg that lay right ahead them. It is disheartening to note that the iceberg was seen just 37 seconds before the impact. The lesser importance given to communication via radio and lack of sophisticated technology can be termed to be one of the reasons as to why the iceberg was not spotted earlier. The impact that happened at 11:40 pm on 14th April resulted in the sinking of the ship at 2:20 am on 15th April 1912.

 The reason as to why such a luxurious ship did not have enough number of lifeboats to provide for all the passengers and the crew has not been justified yet. The survivors of the wreck were taken to New York by RMS Carpathia that arrived at the spot, four hours after the Titanic had met its end. Only 710 passengers could be saved out of the 2224 on board.

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