Supposedly an “unsinkable” ship, the huge British luxury liner met with disaster on its maiden voyage, when the Captain ignored numerous warnings of impending danger of icebergs in the area.
The men and women, many of them international celebrities, courageously faced this unexpected tragedy in the icy, bleak waters of the North Atlantic.
At 2:20 A.M. Monday, April 15, 1912. Over the Titanic’s grave hung a thin, smoky vapor, in the clear night. The glassy, bleak sea was littered with deck chairs, crates, planking, and pilasters. Cork like rubbish kept bobbing to the surface from somewhere far below the sea.
Hundreds of people thrashed in the freezing water, clinging to the wreckage and each other. The temperature of the water was 28 degrees-well below freezing. In water at this temperature, life belts did no good. Yet a few managed to keep both their wits and their stamina and reach the collapsible nearby. For those people, their hope of safety loomed in the littered water-collapsible nearby.
One by one others arrived, some made it, and others froze or drowned in the bleak, cold water. Dragged down by the Titanic, many tried to reach the overturned collapsible. Of 1,500 people who went down with the titanic, only 13 were picked up by the boats that were nearby.
After the cries died away, the night was strangely peaceful. This tremendous, moving, extraordinary story continues to captivate people around the world.
It is a story to remember!