has its own newspaper, The Atlantic Daily Bulletin,
which contained news articles and advertisements, daily menu,
latest stock prices, horse-racing results and society gossip.
of a first-class ticket to New York was $2,500 ($57,200 today)
most expensive rooms were more than $103,000 in today's currency.
of a third-class ticket was $40 ($900 today)
people resided in third-class rooms, and the rooms were divided
by male and female sometimes splitting families.
chefs and chef's assistants worked in the Titanic's five
kitchens. There was also a kosher cook to prepare meals for the
were only two bathtubs for the more than 700 third-class passengers
aboard the Ship.
Titanic was built to carry British and US mail; and to
carry general cargo and frozen meat, and to carry first-class
passengers in great luxury, second-class passengers in great comfort
and third-class passengers with great economy and to fly the flag
of Great Britain and uphold national honor.
carried 1,316 passengers and a crew of 885 men and women.
lifeboat capacity was governed by the British Board of Trade's
rules, which were drafted in 1894. By 1912, these regulations
were outdated. The shipping industry knew the regulations were
going to be changed soon, but until the law actually changed,
The White Star Line was not going to install more lifeboats.
twenty lifeboats on board held only 1,178 people if filled to
first, most of the passengers did not believe Titanic was
really sinking, hence the low number of 19 aboard the first lifeboat,
even though it could carry 65.
struck the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 1912
and sank 2 hours, 40 minutes later at 2:20 a.m. the next day.
wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453
miles southeast of the Newfoundland coastline. Titanic
lies 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface, where the pressure is
6,000 pounds per square inch.
distress signal was received by several ships in the area, however
when it was apparent that Carpathia alone would make
it to the scene in a reasonable time, everyone else continued
on their course.
water temperature was 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the people
did not die of drowning, they died of hypothermia, while others
may have had heart attacks.
Titanic cannot be raised as the wreck is far too fragile to withstand
lifting and transportation.
skeletons remain at the wreck site. Any bodies carried to the
seabed with the wreck were eaten by fish and crustaceans.
location of the wreck was discovered by Dr. Robert Ballard and
Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S/French expedition on September
1, 1985 at 1:05 a.m.
last living survivor, Millvina Dean, recently passed away on May
31, 2009 as the oldest survivor of Titanic at age 97.
'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' is a must-see at The Henry
Ford in Dearborn
BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
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