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Today is the 100th anniversary of the Titanic. We almost went to the Molly Brown house here in Denver however it didn’t work out.

Still I wanted to recognize one something that has always been kind of an obsession in my family, and two one of the worst tragedies of the sea.

I am pretty sure one of the first books I learned to read was about the titanic, and ever since I was a child I have read as many books as I could, and of course when Titanic came out in theaters in 1997, I saw it with my mom and brothers five times in theater….. yea that happened

Anyways I wanted to use my blog post today to remember Titanic!

“The sinking of the Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. One of three Olympic class ships operated by the White Star Line. She carried 2,223 people.Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from the IK, Ireland, Europe and elsewhere seeking a new life in North America. The ship was designed to be the last word in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins. She also had a powerful wireless telegraph provided for the convenience of passengers as well as for operational use. Though she had advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, she lacked enough lifeboats to accommodate all of those aboard. Due to outdated maritime safety regulations, she carried only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – slightly more than half of the number traveling on the maiden voyage and one-third her total passenger and crew capacity. On 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing, she hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm. The glancing collision caused  five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea. Over the next two and a half hours, the ship gradually filled with water and sank. Passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partly filled. A disproportionate number of men – over 90% of those in Second Class – were left aboard due to a women and children first protocol followed by the officers loading the lifeboats. Just before 2:20 am Titanic broke up and sank bow-first with over a thousand people still on board. Those in the water died within minutes from hypothermia caused by immersion in the freezing ocean. The 710 survivors were taken aboard from the lifeboats by RMS Carpathia a few hours later.”

100 years later… we will never forget

xxoo

Peace, Love, and be Sperry

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