April 2nd, 2012 · Judith C. · Staff Recommendations
The “Unsinkable” TITANIC sank in the North Atlantic at 11:40PM on April 14, 1912.
For many years, people believed that an iceberg had cut a huge gash in the Titanic’s hull but a study of steel samples from the TITANIC in 1985 concluded that the hull was made of a steel that became brittle in the frigid North Atlantic waters and fractured easily during the collision with the iceberg.
The TITANIC carried enough lifeboats for only about half its approximately 2,200 passengers and crew. A total of 1,517 people died including Captain Edward J. Smith who went down with his ship. The TITANIC had three classes of cabins for its passengs; First Class cabins or staterooms were very large and luxurious; Second Class cabins were much more simple and plain while Third Class cabins (steerage) were extremely plain and small and were crowded with immigrants bound for the United States. Many more people from Third Class lost their lives than people from First Class.
There are many books on the TITANIC in the Harrison Public Library and the West Harrison Public Library.
There are more books and dvds about the TITANIC at both the Harrison Public Library and the West Harrison Public Library. Please come by and check them out.