Research paper about the RMS Titanic

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Ships and ocean liners have been man made all throughout history, but one stands out from the rest, the Titanic. It has been a mystery to many how the accidental sinking occurred and why the ship is on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. In 1912, an Olympic-class ship, the Titanic, set sail for the United States. At the time, it was the largest and most luxurious passenger liner of its kind. The Royal Mail Ship Titanic was and perhaps still is one of the most captivating and legendary steamships that was built in the twentieth century, due to its ironic maiden and only voyage.

The plan for the lavish liner first came about during 1907, but the construction of the Titanic did not commence until March 31, 1909. The shipbuilding company, Harland and Wolff, was over the production of the ship in Belfast, Ireland. ("Was the Titanic Construction Responsible for her Sinking?" 1) The company, owned by Lord Pirrie, had to make shipyard adjustments in order to hold the Titanic and her sister ship, the Olympic. The principle designer of the Titanic was Thomas Andrews. "At the time, the construction methods used in the building of the Titanic were considered to be second to none." (1) It was intended to cater to the elite class and be the largest ship on the water. The building of the ship was completed three years later and it cost around seven and a half million dollars. Even while it

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was being constructed, the White Star Line stated the ship was unsinkable. (1)

The Titanic's hull consisted of sixteen watertight compartments and for this very reason others believed the ship was unsinkable. If two of the middle or four of the front compartments flooded, the ship...