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Saturday April 14, 2012
History of the Titanic
Time: 11:00 AM
The iceberg that collided with the Titanic on April 14, 1912, was likely made of ice that was 3,000 to 6,000 years old and was one of 400 icebergs annually “calved” off the coast of Greenland. Prior to 1913, there was no systematic way of monitoring the potentially dangerous presence of icebergs in the North Atlantic shipping lanes.
In all, there was a total of 2,214 passengers and crew aboard the Titanic when it sank. Only 705 survived — an overall survival rate of 31 percent. There were 306 Americans aboard, with 177 surviving, a survival rate of 58 percent — the largest survival rate of any nationality. Of the 33 Connecticut-bound passengers, 18 died — none from first class and only two from second class, but an astonishing 16 of the 22 Connecticut-bound passengers from third class perished — a fatality rate of 73 percent.
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