The Titanic disaster: What happened?

The Titanic was built in the Harland & Wolfe shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, before setting sail to pick up it’s passengers in Southampton, England.

The Titanic was an enormous ship that everybody thought unsinkable, but on its first journey from England to America the ship hit an iceberg and sank. About 1,500 people died. It was April 14th, 1912.

On the ship there were the American millionaires Benjamin Guggenheim and John Jacob Astor IV, and there were hundreds of immigrants from Great Britain, Ireland and other European countries who wanted to start a new life in the USA.

The Titanic was really big: there was a first class section with swimming pool, a gym, restaurants, café and cabins with bathroom; the second class section was good too. In the third class section there were only two baths for all 706 passengers, one for men and one for women.

The Titanic sank four days after it left the port of Southampton, in the Atlantic Ocean. The night of April 14th, 1912, the ship hit an iceberg that made a hole that was 91 m long and water entered the ship. The Titanic sank in about three hours. That night there was no moon and it was difficult to see things in the distance. This contributed to the disaster.

A lot of people died that night. There were not enough lifeboats considering the number of passengers. About 38% of the first class passengers died, but 75% of the third class passengers lost their life, because once at the top of the ship they found there were no lifeboats for them.

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