The Tragic Tale of the Titanic

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The Tragic Tale of the Titanic

In pictures, much of the world has seen evidence of the rise and fall of the Titanic. The maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic wasn't quite the elegant vacation its 2,223 passengers had in mind. On April 15, 1912, despite six pre-collision warnings, the Titanic cemented its place in history when it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. The vessel, born into infamy upon its completion, was equipped to carry 64 lifeboats—enough to have potentially saved 53 percent of the lives on board. Unfortunately, the ship hit the seas with a mere 20 lifeboats—and only 32 percent of passengers and crew (plus two dogs) ultimately made it back to shore to tell their version of what would one day become one of the highest grossing movies in history. But just like the brightness of a box-office hit dims, the promises of opulence and high-society bragging rights faded as the tragedy of the Titanic's sinking unfolded.

And still, both movie-watchers and historians continue to have a passionate love affair with the romantic mystery of the Titanic. Eight hundred pounds of fresh, hand-picked grapes, vibrant bright green bunches of asparagus and tender filet mignon covered pressed silver platters atop heavy, dark wood tables. Yet it would seem a preference for the lavish over regard for safety would be the Titanic's undoing in the end. Set sail the historic voyage of one of history's most prominent, beautiful and tragic tales through this playlist.

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