The True Story of Titanic, by Wiki Brigades
In the night between 14 and 15 April 1912 Titanic, the largest and most luxury cruise ship ever constructed, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg. This terrible event caused the deaths of 1.500 people and became the symbol of the end of an age.
Today, 100 years after that dramatic event, we can still learn a lot from the history of Titanic and of human arrogance.
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The original sin
It was the beginning of the 20th Century, during the reign of King George V, when the project to construct three of the largest vessels came to life: TheTitanic, the Olympic and the Britannia were to cover the Atlantic route from Europe to the United States on a weekly basis. History has it that the three ships had their genesis at a 1907 dinner between Lord Pirrie, the director of Harland and Wolff shipyard, and Bruce Ismay, the White Star Line’s chairman.
Their aim was to gain a monopoly of the traffic between Europe and the United States by offering punctual and reliable services but above all by delivering a unique experience which met the highest standards of comfort and luxury to both businessmen and royalties as well as to the middle class and, why not, to migrant workers.
In addition, the White Star Line’s chairman wanted to surpass the company’s main competitor, Cunard Line, which was launching new models of luxury ships. It is ironic to think that the desire to amaze the world and that to outdo one’s rivals were among the motivations that spurred the project of Titanic into reality.
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