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KF5JRV > TODAY    15.04.19 12:37l 37 Lines 1949 Bytes #999 (0) @ WW
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Subj: Today in History - Apr 15
Sent: 190415/1133Z 34514@KF5JRV.#NWAR.AR.USA.NA BPQ6.0.18

At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the British ocean liner Titanic sinks
into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland,
Canada. The massive ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, had
struck an iceberg two and half hours before.

On April 10, the RMS Titanic, one of the largest and most luxurious
ocean liners ever built, departed Southampton, England, on its maiden
voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The Titanic was designed by the Irish
shipbuilder William Pirrie and built in Belfast, and was thought to be
the world’s fastest ship. It spanned 883 feet from stern to bow, and its
hull was divided into 16 compartments that were presumed to be
watertight. Because four of these compartments could be flooded without
causing a critical loss of buoyancy, the Titanic was considered
unsinkable. While leaving port, the ship came within a couple of feet of
the steamer New York but passed safely by, causing a general sigh of
relief from the passengers massed on the Titanic‘s decks. On its first
journey across the highly competitive Atlantic ferry route, the ship
carried some 2,200 passengers and crew.

After stopping at Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, to pick up
some final passengers, the massive vessel set out at full speed for New
York City. However, just before midnight on April 14, the RMS Titanic
failed to divert its course from an iceberg and ruptured at least five
of its hull compartments. These compartments filled with water and
pulled down the bow of the ship. Because the Titanic‘s compartments were
not capped at the top, water from the ruptured compartments filled each
succeeding compartment, causing the bow to sink and the stern to be
raised up to an almost vertical position above the water. Then the
Titanic broke in half, and, at about 2:20 a.m. on April 15, stern and
bow sank to the ocean floor.

73 de Scott KF5JRV


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