History UsefulNotes / RMSTitanic

28th May '16 7:22:00 AM portraitinflesh42
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It was in this environment that the middle child, ''Titanic'', rose to the prominence. On her maiden voyage, starting at Southampton, England and Cherbourg, France on April 10th before going off to Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, she was loaded with not only hundreds of emmigrants from both the Continent and the British Isles, but the wealthiest aristocrats, by title or by position, on both sides of the Atlantic. These included big names such as John Jacob Astor IV, heir to the Astor Railroad fortune and his barely 19-year old bride Madeleine returning home from their extended honeymoon (and to wait out the scandal involving JJ's divorce and marriage to a younger woman... and to ensure that their unborn child was born on American soil). As well as the Strauses, Isidor and Ida, co-owners of the world-famous Macy's Department Store in New York, along with scores of other members of the 1912 rich and famous. White Star was also represented on board, with managing director J. Bruce Ismay and Harland & Wolff's head designer Thomas Andrews traveling to observe the general performance of the new ship.

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It was in this environment that the middle child, ''Titanic'', rose to the prominence. On her maiden voyage, starting at Southampton, England and Cherbourg, France on April 10th before going off to Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, she was loaded with not only hundreds of emmigrants from both the Continent and the British Isles, but the wealthiest aristocrats, by title or by position, on both sides of the Atlantic. These included big names such as John Jacob Astor IV, heir to the Astor Railroad fortune and his barely 19-year old bride Madeleine returning home from their extended honeymoon (and to wait out the scandal involving JJ's divorce and marriage to a younger woman... and to ensure that their unborn child was born on American soil). As well as the Strauses, Isidor and Ida, co-owners of the world-famous Macy's Department Store in New York, along with scores of other members of the 1912 rich and famous. White Star was also represented on board, with managing director J. Bruce Ismay and Harland & Wolff's head designer Thomas Andrews traveling to observe the general performance of the new ship.
10th May '16 11:03:20 AM Flawedspirit
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** ForWantOfANail: One of the bridge officers had been fired shortly before the ''Titanic'' sailed and accidentally (or purposefully; who knows?) took the key for the locker containing the lookouts' binoculars with him. With binoculars, the iceberg would probably have been detected early enough for the ship to miss it completely. Unfortunately, the lookouts were forced to rely on their vision alone, on a moonless night no less.

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** * ForWantOfANail: One of the bridge officers had been fired shortly before the ''Titanic'' sailed and accidentally (or purposefully; who knows?) took the key for the locker containing the lookouts' binoculars with him. With binoculars, the iceberg would probably have been detected early enough for the ship to miss it completely. Unfortunately, the lookouts were forced to rely on their vision alone, on a moonless night no less.
10th May '16 11:02:05 AM Flawedspirit
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** ForWantOfANail: One of the bridge officers had been fired shortly before the ''Titanic'' sailed and accidentally (or purposefully; who knows?) took the key for the locker containing the lookouts' binoculars with him. With binoculars, the iceberg would probably have been detected early enough for the ship to miss it completely. Unfortunately, the lookouts were forced to rely on their vision alone, on a moonless night no less.
29th Apr '16 7:11:16 AM Aquila89
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* ''Titanic'': "TheyJustDidntCare" would be a good way to describe this 1953 Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck movie, which concerns itself more with a fictional custody battle between two catty first class passengers than the actual ship and the subsequent disaster.

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* ''Titanic'': "TheyJustDidntCare" would be a good way to describe this 1953 Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck Creator/BarbaraStanwyck movie, which concerns itself more with a fictional custody battle between two catty first class passengers than the actual ship and the subsequent disaster.
26th Apr '16 2:10:39 PM DrOO7
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* The heroine of the Creator/DanielleSteel novel ''No Greater Love'' takes charge of her younger siblings after surviving the disaster but losing her parents and fiance.
25th Apr '16 9:02:03 PM jameygamer
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* MeaningfulName: The first two ships of the Olympic Class were named after generations of gods from Myth/ClassicalMythology

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* MeaningfulName: The first two ships of the Olympic ''Olympic'' Class were named after generations of gods from Myth/ClassicalMythology
25th Apr '16 8:09:31 PM TPPR10
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[[caption-width-right:350:''God Himself cannot sink this ship."'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''God [[caption-width-right:350:''"God Himself cannot sink this ship."'']]
25th Apr '16 8:08:00 PM jameygamer
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** And there is the famed story of Benjamin Guggenheim and his valet, the former of whom famously told a steward: "We are dressed in our best, and are prepared to go down as gentlemen."

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** And there is the famed story of Benjamin Guggenheim and his valet, the former of whom famously told a steward: "We are dressed in our best, and are prepared to go down as gentlemen."[[note]] (but we would like a brandy! (this is from Creator/JamesCameron's film; it's unknown if he actually said it) [[/note]]"
25th Apr '16 8:05:04 PM jameygamer
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** Stanley Lord, the captain of the ''Californian'', was fired with prejudice from his line that August after he did not respond to the ''Titanic's'' sinking. Neither he nor any of his crew were ever criminally charged for ignoring the rockets and wireless telegraphs, but the mess still turned him into a hated man. He joined a different company and worked there until 1927, but his career and reputation were forever stained.
25th Apr '16 7:58:50 PM jameygamer
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* Averted with the actual builders of the ship, Harland and Wolff, who continued to build ocean liners for decades until the jet airplane made it considerably easier to get around the globe. H&W are still in operation in the 21st century.

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* ** Averted with the actual builders of the ship, Harland and Wolff, who continued to build ocean liners for decades until the jet airplane made it considerably easier to get around the globe. H&W are still in operation in the 21st century.
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