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The Titanic: Ship of Dreams
By Laura Lynn Petersen
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
On April 10,1912,the R.M.S. Titanic set sail from
Southampton,England on her maiden voyage to New York.
She was the world's largest and most luxurious ship
ever built at that time.
At 11:40 PM on April 14,1912,she grazed an iceberg
about 400 miles off Newfoundland,Canada.
Although Titanic had been warned about icebergs
several times that evening by other ships nearby,
she was traveling at top speed when one grazed her side.
Two hours and forty minutes later,the Titanic
plunged to the bottom of the sea taking more than
1,500 people with her. Only 705 passengers were saved.
The world was stunned when she learned of the fate
of the unsinkable Titanic. It carried some of the richest,
most powerful industrialists of her day.
In addition to the wealthy and middle class passengers,
she carried poor immigrants from Europe,and the Middle East
seeking economic and social freedom in the New World.