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Titanic: The Reality

This page is dedicated to the legacy of the Titanic. I have been a fan of the Titanic for many years and since James Cameron's movie, "Titanic," was released, I have become obsessed with the history and prominence the ship has left for future generations over the years.

Facts about the movie "Titanic"

Costing over $75,00,000 to make the movie, Cameron took a risk when he decided to film the "Titanic." He began recreating the Titanic in a building as large as a football field. When the ship was completed it was a 775 foot long exterior set which was set against the Mexican coastline. Cameron also built a 7-acre, 17 million-gallon seawater tank in which the Titanic was sunk.

History of the Titanic Besides having a well-known cast of actors and actresses, "Titanic" has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards. Some of them include Best Picture, Best Director: James Cameron, Best Actress: Kate Winslet, Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Stuart, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Original Song and many others. It ties with nominations received by the movie "All About Eve" which was made 47 years ago.

"Titanic" also has remained number one at the box office since it was released in December 1997. Since then, "Titanic" has grossed $919 million internationally on March 3, 1998 and it is expected to increase to $1 billion before the Academy Awards which will be aired on March 23, 1998. In the United States, the movie has almost beat Star Wars which holds the record at $427 million, but "Titanic" is expected to increase in the United States and internationally.

History of the Titanic

With the excitement of the movie "Titanic," the history of the Titanic has begun to surface once again. Even though it has been 85 years since the Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage, the ship's legacy still fascinates people in America and around the world.

Construction began on the Titanic on March 31, 1909, in Belfast, Ireland. The Titanic was a huge ship, measure 882 1/2 feet long which equals the length of four city blocks. The ship was 11 story buildings high and its anchors weighed 31 tons which is the weight of 20 cars. It was known as a floating palace and was called unsinkable.

More than 2,200 people boarded the Titanic on April 10, 1912 for its maiden voyage to New York in America. Passengers consisted of very wealthy people who were traveling abroad to immigrants who were searching for a better life in America.

The journey began and things on the Titanic ran smoothly until the eve of April 14, 1912. Titanic was heading across icy waters on its way to New York. Captain Edward J. Smith, who is commanding the Titanic learns of various iceberg warnings and alters the position of the Titanic to avoid ice fields. However, more warnings come in and little attention is paid to them. When an iceberg is spotted, the Titanic has a speed of 20 1/2 knots and cannot slow down in time to miss it. Captain Smith orders the Titanic's crew to decrease speed and turn the ship, but there is not enough time. At 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, the Titanic hits an iceberg on the starboard side and brushes along the side of Titanic.

Immediately, after Titanic hit the iceberg, Captain Smith learned Titanic would sink within one hour to an hour and a half. With that news, Captain Smith orders the crew to rouse the passengers from their rooms and all women and children to be lowered into the lifeboats.

However, there are not enough lifeboats for all the passengers and many lifeboats go unfilled. At 2:45 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the Titanic sunk and more than 1,500 passengers and crew died in the cold water, which was just at freezing. Many of them did not die from drowning, but from freezing to death. At daybreak the survivors are rescued by the Carpathia and they set sail for New York. The Carpathia arrived in New York on April 18, 1912 with 705 passengers.

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