The Titanic was big
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The accident happened 109 years ago today ...
The "Titanic" is one of the most famous ships in the world. Almost everyone has known the fate of this ship since the movie with Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio. I'm sure you do too, right?
Big and Fast
The "Titanic" was the fastest and largest passenger ship of its time. It was 269 meters long, 28 meters wide and the height to the bridge was almost 31 meters. That's roughly the equivalent of a block that is over two and a half times the length of a soccer field and has 10 floors.
On April 10, 1912, the huge British ship started its first voyage in Southampton * - the so-called maiden voyage. But it didn't go directly to New York (USA), as the passengers boarded in different cities. On April 10, the "Titanic" made a stopover in Cherbourg (France). At 8:10 p.m. the anchor was lifted and a course was set for Queenstown in Ireland, which was reached the next day. After that, both the 898 crew members and the 1308 guests were on board. Around noon, the "Titanic" set off to cross the Atlantic with the destination New York.
The first warnings about icebergs were soon received. Unfortunately, Captain Edward John Smith did not take them into account. On the night of April 14th, an officer discovered an iceberg directly in front of the "Titanic". One tries to avoid the iceberg in order to escape the danger. But unfortunately the ship rammed the iceberg and was slit open at the side.
Huge amounts of ice-cold water ran into the Titanic incredibly quickly. In less than three hours the ship sank and only a few people could be saved. In 1985 the wreck of the Titanic was discovered at a depth of approximately 3,600 meters southeast of the Newfoundland coast.
* Southampton is on the south coast of Great Britain.
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