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Chapter 12. You Got Some 'Splaining to D... > The Perfect Couple: Cause and Effect - Pg. 135

You Got Some 'Splaining to Do, Lucy: Exposition 135 Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, one of the most dramatic and famous of all maritime disasters occurred, the sinking of the Titanic . The Titanic was the most luxurious ship afloat at the time, with its beautifully decorated staterooms, glittering crystal chandeliers, and elaborate food service. In addition, it was supposed to be the safest ocean liner ever built. The hull of the 46,000 ton White Star liner was divided into 16 supposedly watertight compartments. According to the ship's manufacturer, four of the 16 compartments could be flooded without threatening the ship's buoyancy. That April, the majestic ocean liner was on its first voyage ever, traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City. The evening of April 14, the ship was sailing 95 miles south of Newfoundland when it collided with a gigantic iceberg. No one saw the iceberg until it was only about 500 yards away, a distance the ship would travel in 37 seconds. The ship sank because the iceberg ruptured five of the 16 watertight compartments. The "unsinkable" Titanic vanished under the water at 2:20 A.M. , April 15. There were about 2,200 passengers aboard, and all but 678 died. The tragedy was made even worse by the crew's futile rescue attempts. Since there were not enough lifeboats, hundreds of people died who could have sur- vived. Cause 1. 2. Effect Signal Word Author! Author!