The day the Titanic sank – level 3


It took 73 years before the wreck of the Titanic was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in September 1985. In its time, the Titanic was the largest, most modern, and most luxurious ship in the world. It was allegedly an unsinkable ship.

The first and last voyage of the Titanic, from the British Southampton to New York, turned into a nightmare. Yet, it was a tragedy that didn’t have to happen.

It was at 23:39 pm on April 14, 1912, when a patrol in a crow’s nest saw a huge iceberg right in front of the ship. The ship turned sharply to the left and crashed into a huge glacier which ripped it apart on one side. Water began to enter six chambers at once.

There were only twenty lifeboats on the Titanic. If fully occupied, they would be able to carry only half of the people on board. More than 1,500 people died, making the sinking one of modern history’s deadliest peacetime marine disasters.

Difficult words: allegedly (said but not proven), voyage (a long journey), chamber (a part of a ship), marine (at sea).

What safety improvements were put in place by maritime regulations in response to the tragedy of the Titanic?


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