Friday, February 15

Flashback Four : The Titanic Mission


April 14, 1912

The wealthiest people of the world walked her decks.  The poorest emigrants of Europe walked her decks.  She was designed to be unsinkable, formidable, and the epitome of technology to come.  In only two and a half hours, however, she went from being afloat to beneath the waves...

Titanic left England and headed to France and Ireland before turning for New York.  Four days into the crossing of the Atlantic, she hit an iceberg just before midnight.  Her hull buckled and the watertight compartments broke...flooding.  Passengers began to evacuate and the crew radioed in vain for help...it would be hours before the Carpathia received the signal, arrived, and saved about 700 survivors.

With over 2,200 people on board, and more than 1,500 dying, this was one of the deadliest peace-time disasters in modern history.  There were enough lifeboats aboard for 1,178 people, but some of them collapsed, others sank, and many were only half-filled with people.

In 1985, the wrecked Titanic was uncovered during a military mission in the Atlantic.  It remains on the seabed today.  The oldest living survivor died in 2009.  She had only been two months old when it sank.

Read
  • The Titanic Mission
    • This time, Luke, Julia, David, and Isabel are headed to the deck of the doomed Titanic. Their mission? Capture a shot of the sinking ship, then come right back.  The only problem is, once they arrive aboard the ship, the four friends can’t agree on what to do next. Should they try to save the passengers? Or maybe bring back a priceless book before it sinks with the ship?  With real historical photographs to put young readers right in the action, plus back matter that separates fact from fiction, The Titanic Mission tells the story of the ship’s fateful last voyage like you’ve never seen it before.
  • I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic
Make / Do
Watch
Image result for titanicVocabulary
  • starboard
  • testimony
  • distress
  • reluctant
  • plummet
  • differential
  • brittle
  • smelt
  • turbine
Think

  • If you survived the Titanic, how would that affect your outlook on life?
  • The gates to third class were locked.  Why did this happen?  Would it happen today?  Why or why not?
  • If you were designing the Titanic, what features would you change to make her a better ship?


1 comment:

  1. Have you ever seen the game - Sinking of the Titanic. My husband picked it up used a few weekends ago. He had played it as a kid.

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