Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck-he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever.
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Reading room on the upper promenade on the Titanic, ca.1910. (© Underwood & Underwood/CORBIS)
An emergency lifeboat carrying a few survivors from the Titanic, seen near the rescue ship Carpathia, April 15, 1912. (© Ralph White/CORBIS)
An Advertisement for the Titanic. Ticket prices and berth descriptions are provided, ca. January 1912. (© Hulton Archive/Stringer/Getty Images)
Titanic Gym: Both TW McCawley, (seen rowing) and William Parr (on mechanical camel) perished aboard the Titanic. (© Getty Images)
Luncheon Menu for April 14th, 1912 from the 2nd Class restaurant aboard White Star Liner, RMS Titanic. (© Getty Images)
The swimming pool located on the middle deck of the steamship Titanic, ca. 1912. (© Underwood & Underwood/CORBIS)
Lieutenant Murdoch (far left) and Captain John Smith (right) later captain of the RMS Titanic on June 9, 1911. (© Topical Press Agency/Stringer Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The 'Unsinkable' Molly Brown. American socialite, philanthropist, activist, and survivor of the 'Titanic.' ca.1900. (© The Granger Collection, New York)
Father Browne's First Class Stateroom on RMS Titanic, April 11, 1912. (© Getty Images)
The New York Times headline: Titanic sunk. April 16, 1912. (© Bettmann/CORBIS)
The Titanic Under Construction, ca. 1911. (© CORBIS)
Menu and Illustration of a Dining Room aboard the Titanic. (© Newscom)
Titanic's distress call sent by wireless telegraphy and received by steamship SS Burma at 11.50pm on Sunday April 15th. (© Getty Images)
The grand staircase of the Titanic. (© CORBIS SYGMA)
Sinking of the Titanic by Willy Stoewer, 1932. (© Bettmann/CORBIS)
British poster advertisement from 1912, for the new White Star liner "Titanic." (© The Granger Collection, New York)
Titanic Gymnasium, 1912. (© The Granger Collection, New York)
The sinking of the Titanic by Henry Reuterdahl based on material supplied by survivors of the shipwreck, ca. 1912. (© Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Illustrated cross section of the Titanic, ca. 1912. (© Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
The front of a publication illustrating the sinking of the Titanic, ca. 1912. (© Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Did You Know...Fun facts about the Titanic
  • The Titanic was 882 feet, 8 inches long (the length of four city blocks), and 92 feet, 6 inches wide (almost the length of a football field).
  • The Titanic's whistles could be heard 100 miles away.
  • The Titanic had a heated swimming pool on its decks, the first ever on a boat.
  • The R.M.S. in R.M.S. Titanic stands for Royal Mail Steamer. Besides carrying passengers, the Titanic's main purpose was carrying mail between Europe and America.
  • It's a tradition to "christen" a ship by breaking a bottle of champagne on its bow, but the Titanic was never christened.
  • The Titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 1912. It sank 2 hours, 40 minutes later at 2:20 a.m. on Monday, April 15.
  • The Titanic could carry 3,547 people. It was carrying 2,224 passengers on its first and final trip. It only had enough lifeboats to carry 1,178 people.
  • Women and children were rescued first. At least one man disguised himself as a woman to get onto the lifeboats.
  • The ship the Californian was just 6 miles away from the Titanic. Its radio operator went to bed ten minutes before the Titanic sent out distress signals. The Titanic fired distress flares, too, but people on the Californian thought they were just having a party.
  • After the Titanic disaster, many changes were made to improve ship safety. All ships must carry enough lifeboats for every passenger on board. Ships' radios are manned 24 hours a day. Regular lifeboat drills are held, and speed is reduced in ice, fog, or any other dangerous weather conditions.

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