The Power of Steam

The name Titanic, means gigantic, from the greek mythology.  If you are going to understand the power of steam, then you will have to find the first steam engine.  But in these paragraphs, there is things on the two ships that were just cm, shorter than the Titanic.

The first steam powered ship was built and designed by John Fitch. This ship averaged 13 km/h. This ship was mostly made out of wood. The spot on where the boiler would go was made out of iron.

The Titanic was launched on the 31st of May 1911, but was only completed on the 2nd of April 1912. This ship’s sisters were the RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic. The RMS Olympic was launched on the 20th of October, 1911 and went out of service in 1935. While the HMHS Britannic came into service on 23rd December, 1915 and sank from a explosion on 21 November 1916 near the island Kea in the Aegean Sea.

All three ships looked the same, the Titanic’s length was 269.1m, the Britannic’s length was 269.06m, and the Olympics length was 269 m. The Titanic’s tonnage was 46,328 GRT, Britannic’s tonnage was 48,158 GRT, and the Olympics tonnage was 46,439 GRT.

The Titanic could go 44km/h with all 3,547 passengers on board. The Olympic and the Britannic could only go 43km/h. All three ships were made out of Steel. All three ships cost about 7.5 Million USD to make.

The Titanic, before it hit a iceberg, was warned to look out for icebergs, and to keep on the lookout until the ship docked safely at New York harbor.  The ships that radioed in, more like telegraft in, just was in that part of the sea, and that is why they warned every ship.

The night before the ship hit the iceberg, the crew were on watch, looking out for icebergs without binoculars.  Things that they did wrong, was that the captain was going at full speed, which was 44km/h, and he didn’t listen to the warnings, and that the crew on the lookout didn’t use the binoculars.  So when the iceberg was seen, the captain tried to swerve out of the way, instead of hitting the iceberg straight on.  If they hit the iceberg straight on, all of those people could still be alive, and the ship would have had a large dent in the front.

The crew thought they had just grazed the iceberg and there was no damage, but the iceberg shaved off the heads of the rivets, and uncovered about five watertight compartments.  The ship that people thought and said was unsinkable, began to go under the surface of the water.  It took two hours for the Titanic to sink completely.  Before the Titanic sunk, the telegrapher’s set out the S.O.S. signal, which means Save Our Souls.  This signal was a new one.  The Titanic also shot fleers for nearby ships to come and help them.  A ship only came two hours after the Titanic was out of sight, and there was only 710 survivors, and 1514 died.


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