Why the Titanic fascinates us: Dorothy Gibson

Dorothy Gibson—the 22-year-old silent film star— huddled in a lifeboat, dressed in only a short coat and sweater over an evening gown. She was beginning to shiver. Ever since it had been launched, at 12:45 a.m., Lifeboat 7 had remained stationed only 20 yards away from the Titanic in case it could be used in…

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How the Titanic Worked

A Touch of Distinction: Titanic’s Design By the time the Titanic was completed in 1912, the ship’s price tag hovered around $7.5 million (about £4.3 million) [source: History Channel]. The ship reflected Ismay and Pirrie’s goals of a posh, fast and safe ship. Conceptually, Titanic wasn’t too different from modern cruise ships. But in the…

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THE TITANIC

Titanic The RMS Titanic, named for the Titans, or god-giants of Greek mythology, built by the White Star Line, was the largest (269 m), most luxurious ocean liner of its time. Titanic stamp (© 2012, Canada Post). MacInnis, Joseph and Jeff MacInnis Joseph MacInnis has participated in many diving expeditions, including an arctic dive in…

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Unsinkable Obsession: the RMS Titanic

Unsinkable Obsession: the RMS Titanic It is a common characteristic of human nature to be morbidly intrigued by disasters, to gawk and wonder and replay an incident over and over in whatever medium is available to us. The Titanic disaster is impossible not to run into these days (April 2012), with the centennial of the…

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