109 years ago the steamship Titanic crashed
The crash of the steamship Titanic is a sea catastrophe that occurred on the night of April 14-15, 1912. It took place in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, more than 600 kilometers southeast of the Canadian island of Newfoundland. The tragedy happened at the end of the fifth day of the Titanic's journey along the transatlantic route Southampton-New York. At 23:40 on April 14, during its first voyage, the largest ocean liner at that time with 2208 people on board, collided with an iceberg and received serious damage to the hull planting. After 2 hours and 40 minutes at 2:20 on April 15, it completely went underwater. The catastrophe claimed the lives, according to various estimates, from 1495 to 1635 people. Until December 20, 1987, when the Philippine ferryboat MV Doña Paz was wrecked, taking the lives of more than 4000 people, the wreck of the Titanic remained the largest catastrophe by the number of deaths at sea in peacetime. Informally, it is considered the most famous disaster of the 20th century.
Some interesting facts:
- In total, there were 12 dogs with impressive pedigrees on the sunken liner. On April 15, an informal dog show was to take place on the ship. Unfortunately, ten dogs died, but two survived animals were lucky to be with their owners on safe boats.
- The first film about the sinking of the Titanic was filmed in 1912- the year the steamship sank.
- The remains of the Titanic were discovered on the night of September 1, 1985. The ship was found 12 days before the end of the mission.
- From the first class of the liner, only one child could not be saved- a two-year-old girl named Loraine Allison. In 1940, an unknown woman on American radio announced herself the long-lost Loraine. The woman said that her father saved her. This legend was maintained until her death in 1992. 20 years after the funeral, it was officially confirmed by a DNA test that she lied and was not who she pretended to be.
- In 2017, a new version of the sinking of the Titanic appeared, according to which a huge ship lost its strength due to a fire in the fuel storage. Irish journalist, who studied the disaster for 30 years, came to the conclusion that exposure to high temperatures reduced the strength of the ship's steel hull, so the Titanic could not withstand the collision with the iceberg.
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