Titanic leaving Belfast for sea trials on April 2, Men stand with the giant chain links that were forged for the ship's Hingley anchor, The first-class gymnasium. The ship's reading and writing room. A stateroom abord the Titanic. Another of the ship's many staterooms.
The iceberg suspected of having sunk the RMS Titanic. This iceberg was photographed by the chief steward of the liner Prinz Adalbert on the morning of April 15, , just a few miles south of where the Titanic went down.
The last lifeboat off the Titanic. This composite of five mounted photographs shows the wireless operator on board receiving a distress call; life boats bringing the Titanic's survivors to the Carpathia, and Capt. Smith of the Titanic. The Titanic's life boats on their way to the Carpathia.
A tugboat on its way to meet the Carpathia. Survivors of the Titanic safely aboard the Carpathia. A crowd gathers to await the arrival of the Titanic's survivors.
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Another shot of the growing and anxious crowd. Charlotte Collyer with her daughter Marjorie, both of whom survived the disaster. These French boys, brothers Michel age four and Edmond Navratil age two boarded the ship with their father, who assumed the name Louis Hoffman. Hoffman did not survive. This photo was taken before the orphans were properly identified. A young family of survivors. Over 14, people attended a Yankees vs. Giants baseball game to raise funds for the RMS Titanic survivors. Entertainer George M. Cohan left selling special Sunday copies of the New York American newspaper to benefit survivors and their families.
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Outside the White Star Line office after the disaster. Captain Arthur Henry Rostron next to the silver loving cup that Titanic survivors presented to him in May Brown as she leaves the Carpathia. Portrait of Captain Arthur Henry Rostron. Stuart Collett, survivor of the Titanic. This marked the third anniversary of the death of his brother Isidore Straus and his wife Ida on the Titanic.
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The city had it built to commemorate those who died on board the Titanic. Share Tweet Email. The ship was carrying more than 2, passengers and crew.
As a result of the collision, the ship sank in the early morning hours of April 15, taking with it over 1, people, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Titanic was a massive ship— feet long, 92 feet wide, and displacing or weighing 52, long tons a long ton is pounds.
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It was feet tall from the keel to the top of the four stacks or funnels, almost 35 feet of which was below the waterline. The Titanic was taller above the water than most urban buildings of the time. At the time, Titanic was the largest ever movable man-made object. The press labeled the ship "unsinkable. For more, see the History of the Titanic Feature. Few disasters have had such far-reaching effects on the fabric of society as the sinking of the Titanic. Besides altering the way the North Atlantic passenger trade was conducted, the loss also affected basic attitudes about social justice.
In some cases the effects of the changes were immediate; the routes followed by passenger liners were shifted to the south four days after the disaster and an ice patrol was instituted during that same year. For marine science, the discovery of the wreck was the beginning of an era of engineering and technology to explore the deep sea.
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The United States and Great Britain had negotiated this change by telegraph. On April 19th, the U. Hydrographic Office announced an even more drastic change—liners were to follow courses miles south of that followed by the Titanic , increasing the length of the New York to England trip by 9 to 14 hours. This swift shift of the sea lanes was but one symptom of an overall change in attitudes about technology.
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If the "unsinkable" Titanic could go down so easily, no ship was safe. Lifeboats for all Another transformation in the weeks following the Titanic disaster concerned the number of lifeboats carried on passenger ships. The British Board of Trade regulated the number of lifeboats carried aboard British passenger vessels, and its simple rule was that any vessel weighing more than 10, tons must carry 16 lifeboats.
The Titanic exceeded this requirement, carrying 16 wooden lifeboats plus 4 collapsible boats; all the lifeboats combined could carry just under 1, people, or about half those onboard. The regulations of the United States and Germany were tougher, requiring sufficient lifeboats for about two thirds of the total capacity on a ship the size of the Titanic. Since few expected the Titanic to sink, little thought had been given to use of the lifeboats.
In , the International Conference on Safety Of Life At Sea agreed on a treaty that called for every ship to carry sufficient lifeboats for all persons on board. It also mandated lifeboat drills, and that sufficient crew members be trained in manning the boats. Never again would so many die for lack of proper equipment. International Ice Patrol Immediately after the sinking of the Titanic , a British ship began patrolling the sea lanes to ensure that the location of ice was known to all ships crossing the Atlantic.