What Has Changed Due To The Sinking Of The Titanic? And Could These Changes Prevent A Disaster Such As The Titanic From Happening Again?

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Rebecca Towers 115156What has changed due to the sinking of the Titanic? And could these changes prevent a disaster such as the Titanic from happening again?

By Rebecca Towers

The sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is known all over the world. This project will first give some details of the Titanic herself. It will also examine the causes that led to her sinking, addressing as well, the reasons why so many people lost their lives on that fateful night. In addition, the project will analyse what changes have been made to maritime law in the wake of this disaster as well as looking as to whether such a tragedy could ever happen again. It will also draw comparisons between this disaster and any other such events since 1912 which resulted in such a high loss of life.The name Titanic came from Greek mythology and meant gigantic. She was built in Belfast, Ireland. It took a sum of 3,000 men working 40 hours a week for a total week's wage of £2 for the construction of the Titanic. Altogether the Titanic cost £1.5 million, $7,500,000, to build.'The building of the Titanic' [1: RMS Titanic]The Titanic was the second of the three Olympic-class ocean liners that were built by the white star line, the first to be built was The RMS Olympic then there was The RMS Titanic and the third was The HMHS Britannic. All three ships were well known due to the fact that they were the largest vessels of the White Star Line's fleet. The sheer size of just the Titanic's anchor took 20 horses just to move.After three years of building the Titanic was finally finished and so on April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic embarked on its maiden voyage. She set sail from Southampton, England, expecting to arrive five days and eight hours later in New York City. The Titanic was one of the largest passenger cruise liners which carried the largest number of passengers for her time. When she set sail, the Titanic held aboard 2224 passengers and crew. The Titanic was 882 feet in length and 175 feet in height.She had nine decks and twenty nine boiler rooms which were needed to power such an enormous ship. The Titanic was considered by many to be 'unsinkable' due to the fact that the hull and all the internal bulkheads and decks were constructed out of steel, the strongest material at the time, and were put together with a sum of 3 million rivets. This alone made the public see the Titanic as a ship that could withstand anything that could threaten to sink her hence the name "The unsinkable Titanic".Not only was the Titanic the largest ship of the time, she was also the grandest ship ever built, floating luxury some might have said. The Titanic held third class, second class and first class passengers and all sailed in luxury for their class. She had elevators (for the first and second classes), a gymnasium (with all the latest equipment) a Turkish bath, swimming pool and numerous different cafés and restaurants in addition to the usual dining halls. The main feature and the...

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