Tri-County Technical CollegeInformative Speech Outline Worksheet
: The sinking of the Titanic
: To inform
: At the end of my speech, the audience should know more about theevents that took place the night the Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic, and theseries of mistakes that resulted in the deaths of 1,517 passengers
:“There fell upon the ear the most terrible noise that human beings ever listened to – thecries of hundreds of people struggling in the icy cold water, crying for help with a cry weknew could not be answered”These were the words spoken by Eva Hart, a survivor of the Titanic, in an interviewshown on the video documentary, Titanic: The Final Chapter, in 1993. Eva Hart watchedhelplessly from one of the lifeboats as the ship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic on April14, 1912.The tragic story of the Titanic is one that has fascinated the world and been the subject of numerous books and movies over the years. A legend even before she set sail, the Titanicwas not only the largest luxury ocean liner of its time, but was also so well constructedthat she was thought to be “unsinkable.”The night the Titanic sank, 1,517 of the 2,223 passengers aboard died. Because of thehigh casualty rate, the Titanic is considered one of the most deadly peacetime maritimedisasters in history. The cause of such a tragedy lies in the events that took place thenight the ship sank and the many mistakes that were made during the construction.(
): In the next few minutes, I hope to give you a better idea of the events thattook place the night the Titanic sank and the critical mistakes that were made that resultedin such a high casualty rate.I.ConstructionA.Designers1.The Titanic was a White Star Line ocean liner, built in Belfast, Ireland,at Harland and Wolff shipyards.2.The ship was designed by Lord William Pirrie, a director of White Star Line and Harland and Wolff, and Thomas Andrews, the chief designer anddirector of Harland and Wolff, under the direction of Bruce Ismay, themanaging director of the White Star Line.