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Thursday, April 15, 2010

98 Years ago, the Titanic sank. The sinking resulted in the deaths of 1,517 of the 2,223 people on board, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

Shortly before midnight on 14 April 1912, four days into the ship's maiden voyage, Titanic struck an iceberg and sank two hours and forty minutes later, early on 15 April 1912. The sinking resulted in the deaths of 1,517 of the 2,223 people on board, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. The high casualty rate was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship did not carry enough lifeboats for everyone aboard. The ship had a total lifeboat capacity of 1,178 people, although her maximum capacity was 3,547. A disproportionate number of men died due to the women and children first protocol that was followed.
There have been numerous attempts to bring the story to the public. Some of note include; Titanic (1953), a 1953 film starring Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb and Robert Wagner, directed by Jean Negulesco; A Night to Remember (1958), a 1958 film based on the disaster from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, himself the most senior of the ill-fated ship's Deck Officers to survive the disaster. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), a 1964 film starring Debbie Reynolds as Titanic survivor Margaret Brown; and Titanic (1997), a 1997 blockbuster film directed by James Cameron and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Gloria Stuart (older Rose), Billy Zane, and the singing voice of Celine Dion. Titanic Fans...rest assured, a re-release of the 97 epic in 3D is being talked about for 2012 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the sinking.

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