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Diamonds In The Ice
By Laura Lynn Petersen
Monday, March 22, 2004
Rated "PG" by the Author.
It is a night to remember!
The tragic 1912 story of the "unsinkable"
Titanic,going down on her maiden voyage,
carrying 1,500 men,women and children to their death.
Supposedly an "unsinkable" ship,the huge
British luxury liner met with disaster
on its maiden voyage,when the Captain
ignored numerous warnings of impending danger
of icebergs in the area.
The men and women,many of them international
celebrities,courageously faced this unexpected
tragedy in the icy,bleak waters of the North Atlantic.
At 2:20 A.M.,Monday,April 15,1912.Over the Titanic's
grave hung a thin,smoky vapor,in the clear night.
The glassy,bleak sea was littered with deck chairs,
crates,planking,pilasters.Cork like rubbish kept
bobbing to the surface from somewhere far below the sea.
Hundreds of people thrashed in the freezing,water,
clinging to the wreckage and each other.
The temperature of the water was 28 degrees-well
below freezing.In water at this temperature,
life belts did no good.Yet a few managed to keep
both their wits and their stamina and reach
the Collapsible nearby.
For those people,their hope of safety loomed in the
littered water-Collapsible nearby.
One by one others arrived,some made it,others
froze or drowned in the bleak,cold water.
Dragged down by the Titanic,many tried to
reach the overturned Collapsible.
Of 1,500 people who went down with the Titanic,
only 13 were picked up by the 18 boats that were nearby.
After the cries died away,the night was strangely peaceful.
This tremendous,moving...extraordinary story continues to
captivate people around the world.
It is a story to remember!