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Titanic Fact #13: Buried at Sea

Titanic Fact #13: Buried at Sea

Sonar image of Titanic wreckage

Much of the Titanic is not only underneath 2 miles of water, but is also buried in the seabed itself. When Titanic foundered and sank to the bottom of the north Atlantic, it plowed into the seabed at almost 35 miles per hour. The collision generated an undersea crater similar in shape to what a meteor would create when slamming into a planet.

Check out the Mystic Aquarium’s website for information on Titanic — 12,450 Feet Below. The interactive exhibit has recreations of the Titanic’s wreckage and a hands-on engine room for kids to explore. It looks pretty amazing, but I’m not sure I can justify the 18 1/2 hour trip to Connecticut to visit it.

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

April 7, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #12: Brrrr

Titanic Fact #12: Brrrr

Hypothermia was a leading cause of death among those who survived the sinking. Hypothermia can turn deadly when the body’s core temperature dips below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. At 86 degrees, cardiac arrest can occur. Those who landed in the water and survived the sinking had only 15-30 minutes before hypothermia became deadly.

Which leads me to this:

Yes, this is an inflatible Titanic waterslide.

Nothing says “fun kid’s birthday party” or “happy family reunion” like the images of roughly 1,500 people drowning or freezing to death.

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

April 6, 20121 comment
Bi-lingual College Fair

Bi-lingual College Fair

The 1st Annual Bi-lingual College Fair will be held Saturday, April 14 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the LULAC Center (4224 Ricker Hill Road, Davenport.) This event, presented by the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, will feature  representatives from 25 colleges along with military and trade unions. Translators and materials in Spanish will be available for those who need them. For more information call Tim Garcia at (563) 210-1369.

April 5, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #11: Chain of Command

Titanic Fact #11: Chain of Command

Titanic Officers

One of the reasons for the pandemonium on the ship as it sank was a breakdown in leadership. Several times prior to leaving the docks the officers employed by White Star Line were demoted, promoted, and yanked around in their rankings. Some historians credit this lack of certainty over job tasks with much of the confusion during the sinking.

 

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April 4, 20120 comments