The ship was supposed to be “unsinkable.” But on April 14, 1912, the unthinkable happened: the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean linerthe Titanicstruck an iceberg in the frigid waters in the dark of night. What happened next seemed unbelievable to people at the time. In approximately two and a half hours, the celebrated ship flooded with water, cracked in half, and sank miles to the ocean floor below. Of the 2,200 passengers and crew onboard, only 705 survived. The rest suffered a terrifying and cold death in the Atlantic. Observers around the world were horrified and saddened by the tragedy, and many wanted answers. What caused this incredible disaster to happen, and why did so many people have to die? In The Sinking of the Titanic, read about the steamship from stem to stern, from the building and construction, the crew and passengers, and the ship's fate with an iceberg, to the effect this tragedy had, and continues to have, on the shipping industry and the world.
Full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Chronology and timeline. Glossary. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.
About the Author(s)
Rebecca Aldridge has been an editor and writer for more than 11 years. She has written nonfiction children’s books about Thomas Jefferson, the presidency, and Italian immigrants in America. Her editorial work includes input on more than 50 children’s nonfiction books, ranging in topics from disease and illness to the Revolutionary War. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.