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Lesson 10

The loss of the Titanic

“泰坦尼克”号的沉没

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  • Lesson 10
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  • The loss of the Titanic
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  • What'd have happened if only two of the 16 water-tight compartments had been flooded?
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  • The great ship,Titanic sailed for New York from Southampton on April 10th,1912.
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  • She was carrying 1,316 passengers and a crew of 891.
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  • Even by modern standards,the 46,000 ton Titanic was a colossal ship.
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  • At that time,however,she was not only the largest ship that had ever been built,
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  • but was regarded as unsinkable,for she had sixteen water-tight compartments.
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  • Even if two of these were flooded,
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  • she would still be able to float The tragic sinking of this great liner will always be remembered,
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  • for she went down on her first voyage with heavy loss of life.
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  • Four days after setting out,
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  • while the Titanic was sailing across the icy waters of the North Atlantic,
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  • a huge iceberg was suddenly spotted by a lookout.
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  • After the alarm had been given,
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  • the great ship turned sharply to avoid a direct collision.
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  • The Titanic turned just in time, narrowly missing the immense wall of ice
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  • which rose over 100 feet out of the water beside her.
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  • Suddenly,there was a slight trembling sound from below,
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  • and the captain went down to see what had happened.
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  • The noise had been so faint that no one thought that the ship had been damaged.
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  • Below,the captain realized to his horror that the Titanic was sinking rapidly,
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  • for five of her sixteen watertight compartments had already been flooded!
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  • The order to abandon ship was given and hundreds of people plunged into the icy water.
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  • As there were not enough life-boats for everybody,1,500 lives were lost.
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