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Behold, The Greatest Iceberg Is Coming..

Joice P. Mathews
Author: Joice P. Mathews
Category: Popular Read
Publish Date: May 9, 2012
Views: 28481

 
2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. It would be awakening to get back to some of the facts about the Titanic Tragedy while the world remembers the tragedy with a big sigh.

On April 10th, 1912 11:45 AM, Titanic began her maiden voyage from the port of Southampton, England, with majestic greatness, to New York, with over 2,000 people on board. The ship's builders had announced this vessel to be unsinkable. E. J. Smith, the captain, said, "I can't imagine any condition that would cause a ship to founder(sink) . . . modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that." Some of the crew said, "God Almighty couldn't sink this ship!"

The Titanic was a luxurious ship and it was intended to be a floating city. The technical standards of the ship were excellent. The luxury liner also had 20 lifeboats, which was deemed entirely sufficient by British security requirements of the time. The White Star Line saw no reason to add extra lifeboats. Alexander Carlisle, one of the directors of the Harland & Wolff shipyard told the British Wreck Commissioner said, "We built the ship to enable it to float. We did not build it to enable it collide with an iceberg or a cliff."

As stated by the builders, what a unique and pleasurable experience it was! No vibrations, so common to sea-going ships, were felt from the leviathan engines. Unexcelled comfort and entertainment on board were combined with speed unparalleled in those days. Music and dance, games and sports, everything brought them at the peak of their pleasure. Pride filled crew and passengers alike. Never had a ship carried so many millionaires in its first class quarters. Even J.B. Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Lines, was aboard. This sailing was a voyage to be remembered - in more ways than one!

But, the delight didn't last for long. Things overturned their pleasure and expectations. As Robert E. Surgenor commented, "The Titan of the Seas, the Almighty, plowed through the Atlantic's forbidding, icy waters." It was a crystal-clear, calm Sunday night as the TITANIC sailed on at full speed - but nature was against her in three
ways: (l) a mild winter had caused an enormous spawning of icebergs from Greenland's northern coast into the shipping lanes of the Atlantic; (2) no breeze, which would have created ripples around an iceberg's base, producing a phosphorescent glow visible for miles; and (3) a moonless night, thus darkness. Philips, the chief wireless operator, had received five warnings that day of icebergs nearby from other ships. Ignoring these, the TITANIC never slackened her pace.

It came to pass On Sunday, April 14th, 1912 at 11:40 P.M, up in the crow's nest, seaman Fleet's eyes peered ahead into the cold, moonless, starry night. The TITANIC, curling a white wave of foam at her bow, plowed on at full speed! Suddenly, Fleet saw it! Ringing the warning bell, he screamed, "Iceberg, dead ahead!" Murdoch, the First Officer, yelled to the helmsman, "Hard-a-Starboard!" Then he sprang to the lever, closing the watertight doors. But it was too late - an ominous shudder ran through the ship as a huge spur of ice under the waterline tore a 300 foot gash in the starboard forepart of the ship. She had sailed 546 miles that day, to meet her fate. Two hours and forty minutes later, at 2:20 A.M., on April 15th, she raised her stern as a final tribute to the North Atlantic which was claiming her. The costly and "unsinkable" TITANIC made her death plunge to a watery grave 2-1/2 miles below. Her life was short, reminding us of ours. "They are passed away as the swift ships" (Job 9:26). "What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14).

Dear once, think a moment, the story of the Titanic symbolizes the present situation of the world. This world is a sinking luxurious ship. There is everything that attracts and intoxicate you and me. Money, alcohol, drugs, pubs, night clubs, different types of musics that entertain you, internet and different websites that lead you go astray and so on give you mental bliss. But it wouldn't go longer; it wouldn't go unpunished. Just as the great pleasure ship struck an iceberg and sank, this great, luxurious, happy world-with all its inhabitants, is slowly sinking into the cold grip of death and judgment and, of course, hell as the punishment. 2 Peter 3:7 says, "But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly." The prophet Malachi prophesied in the Old Testament times itself, "For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day comes shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch." Again, "For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail on a woman with child; sand they shall not escape."(I Thessalonians 5:3).
 

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binu (July 11, 2012)
good thought joice.. keep it up.. god bless you

special appretiation for your new position
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kvarghese (May 17, 2012)
I realywish everybody read thisarticle
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joice mathews (May 16, 2012)
You are right, Thank You!
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pjm (May 16, 2012)
Dear once, think a moment, the story of the Titanic symbolizes the present situation of the world. X

"Dear Ones," is the correct way, ... (once means one time)
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