The sinking of the Titanic is a subject that is really interesting to me. I have managed to figure out how to incorporate it into a unit that I teach to my 4th graders every year, and every year it grows. It is fascinating to me how quickly it fell apart, and how so many bad decisions led to its demise. The fact that there were so many prominent people traveling on it and that it was on its maiden voyage makes it even more interesting. This LibGuide will provide information about the passengers, the survivors, and the ship itself, as well as the sinking of it.
Early in the 20th century, rival shipping lines found themselves in competition to create the greatest ships ever known. In 1907, a ship built by Cunard named the Mauretania set a speed record while crossing the Atlantic. This same company also created the Lusitania, which was known for being quite beautiful. The White Star line began plans for three magnificent ships in 1907, one of them Titanic.
Titanic measured 882 feet, 9 inches long. The breadth at her widest was 92 feet, 6 inches. The total height of Titanic was 104 feet. She weighed in at 46,328 gross tons and displaced 52,310 tons. Titanic had 4 funnels, one of which was a fake. There were over 3 million rivets used to build Titanic, some steel and some iron. There were two 4-cylinder steam reciprocating engines and a low pressure turbine engine powering Titanic, with a total horsepower of 51,000. Titanic could hold 65 lifeboats, but only had 28 due to aesthetics.
Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland. It left Belfast on April 2, 1912, and traveled to Southampton, England. It left Southampton on April 10, 1912. It made brief stops in Cherbourg, France and Queenstown, Ireland before heading for New York City. The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.
There were several decks aboard Titanic. The various decks all contained different amenities for the different classes of passengers. There were 2,240 passengers on board the Titanic. 705 survived the sinking.