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Shane M. Fagan

Joseph Cunningham



The Titanic Going Under

When there is a colossal event that takes place the only part that gets remembered is the climax. People overlook the rest of the details that take place while they are overwhelmed by the big picture. To really understand something, all the little things must be considered to fully grasp what truly happened. Once all the background information is understood the event can be analyzed and the climax can be felt with full impact. Then it can be looked back on as a multi-genre story on behalf of all the contributing factors. The event that will be analyzed from all angles and fully understood will be the final destination of the White Star Line. The Titanic being built, its voyage, and its deep-sea grave all must be interpreted to understand how the unsinkable ship sank on April 15, 1912.

Every major event does not just randomly occur as there are steps leading up to it. To begin the story of the Titanic, first the ship being built will be discussed. The massive ship’s full name was the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic, and with the idea of a boat this size caught some attention. As soon as the idea was brought up completion began to swirl between rival shipping lines. Each company wanted to be the one in charge of the construction of this masterpiece (Titanic 1). To be exact, the shipping lines that would compete for this honor consisted of the White Star Line, Cunard, and a British firm. That British firm had two of the most sophisticated and luxurious ships of their time. Cunard stated, “We will release two standout ships that rank among the most prestigious ones still afloat.” Cunard had a ship called Mauretania that set a record for the fastest time of transatlantic crossing (Titanic 1). Cunard also had a ship named Lusitania, which was envied for its astonishing interior.

With those incredible ships already accomplished, White Star Line took it upon themselves to go ahead and construct an even more marvelous ship (Titanic 1). The chief executive of White Star, J. Bruce, discussed this with the chairman of the shipbuilding company, Harland & Wolff. They came up with a goal of making a new class of Olympic liners. Each ship would ideally measure 882 feet in length, 92.5 feet in width, and they would each use over 18 boilers to power the steam engine (Titanic 1). Instead of going through with it, they decided to focus on one ship to perfect. They planned to make it with the same dimensions but instead of 18 boilers, the ship would use 29 giant boilers to power its two steam engines (Benzkofer 1). In 1909, the stupendous feat of constructing the Titanic commenced, and the ship was worked on until it was finished in the spring of 1911 (Titanic 1). With the blueprints being drawn out for the masterpiece, there still lies the task of preparing the ship for all possible concerns.

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