Here’s a tragedy equal to the Titanic, but with less celebrity.
The cruise ship cut through the near-freezing water in the dark of night. For the first-, second- and third-class passengers it was an exciting time, ahead of them lay a long voyage across the ocean to a far-flung land.
But it would be a voyage that was to be cruelly cut short, for out of the darkness loomed a solid mass – one which it was impossible to avoid. When the collision occurred it was severe – steel plate juddered and buckled from the impact.
The radio officer managed to send out a message, but things started to happen very fast. The ship began to flood, very, very quickly.
In 17 short minutes it was all be over and more than a thousand lives were consigned to the deep.
You might be thinking Titanic, but this tragedy occurred two years later, on May 29, 1914…
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