No one ever dreamed that her first voyage would also be her last. She had been nicknamed ?The Unsinkable Ship.? On the night of April 14, 1912, shortly after 11:30 p.m., the passenger liner R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic approximately 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland (Ballard, 20). Within hours, the largest ship the world had ever seen would plunge to the bottom of the ocean with over 1,500 lives still on board.

The story of the Titanic began before anyone had even thought about building the great ship. In 1898, fourteen years before the Titanic sank an American writer named Morgan Robertson wrote a book called The Wreck of the Titan. In his story, the Titan, a passenger ship labeled ?unsinkable,? sails from England to New York. With many rich and famous passengers onboard, the Titan hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sinks. Because there are not enough lifeboats on board, many lives are lost (Ballard, 10).
In reality, Thomas Henry Ismay purchased the White Star Line Company in the mid 1800?s. At the time of their debut, large beautiful ships were popular with many

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