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When the Titanic sank, many mysteries went with it. How did they die? Who fired gunshots? These questions cannot be answered with any proof, but they can be answered by some of the witnesses that survived the ordeal. John Stall was aboard the ship when the accident happened. He was a very bright man and knew the sea well. Although he was not a sailor, he helped work on building ships. He is still alive today to tell the tale.
Around midnight on April 15th, 1912, the Titanic hit the iceberg that sealed its fate. John Stall, who was aboard the ship, woke when he felt a sudden jolt and the heard the sound if metal being ripped apart. Instantly, the boat was in an uproar.
“What’s happening?!” yelled John to his bunk mate, Will.
“I think we’ve hit something! It doesn’t sound good from what I heard.” He answered.
“I thought this thing was built to last! Come on. We’d better go and see how bad the problem is.”
At that they bolted out the door into the madness. After a brief time they managed to figure out what the problem was; the ship had struck an iceberg and was sinking fast. Time was ticking and they needed to find a way to a lifeboat. As they ran around looking for one, an elderly man suddenly collapsed in front of them. They rushed to his body.
“What happened?” Will asked.
“I think he had a heart attack. Poor fellow must have been scared out of his wits. I know this is tragic but we must keep moving.” John answered.
They then took off at full speed down the side of the ship. As they ran they noticed that the boat was at a slight incline.
“This isn’t good Will. Not at all.” John said.
Finally after an hour’s search, they found a lifeboat station. A heated argument was going on between one of the officers and a passenger.
“Hey! This boat is sinking fast and I am not going to die!” the passenger screamed.
“Well you can just keep on yelling, but the women are going first and then the men.” the officer said coldly. His name tag looked like it said “Murdoch”.
Now the passenger was really mad. “Who do you think you are! We have just as much as a right to save ourselves as the women!” At this he advanced on officer Murdoch with his fists raised.
“I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”
“What!? You scared now?” He advanced closer and closer
Without warning officer Murdoch pulled out a pistol and shot him in the stomach. He stumbled, let out a moan, and fell overboard.
“Hey! You just shot my buddy!” Someone said and ran at him.
Again the officer shot and hit the man square in the jaw. He dropped to the deck, moaning with agony. The crowd was stunned.
“Come on Will. We should get out of here before we are shot too.” John suggested.
They ran on looking for a lifeboat, but time was against them. The bow of the ship was starting to dip sharply and they slipped more than once. As they jogged by a rail, they heard a gunshot and an officer came crashing down in front of them. He had committed suicide. They stopped, to shocked to speak.
Eventually John yelled “Why is this happening!? There must be some escape from death!” and then he sprinted ahead with Will trailing.
The ship was in bad shape by now. The bow was now halfway under and it was as steep as stairs.
“Come on! We must keep going.” Shouted Will as he passed a gassed John.
“Wait. I think I see a lifeboat.” John said.
“Okay. Let’s go.” Will said releaved
All of a sudden the boat pitched up even more. People screamed. John and Will hung on to the rails to avoid falling. They watched as many people lost their footing or hold and slid down the length of the boat, dead on impact. Others fell over the rails into the ocean and also died on impact.
“Hold on Will!” John shouted.
“I don’t know if I can make it!” He yelled back
“Come on! Use your strength.”
Amazingly, they were able to pull their selves up. Soon they made it to a wall leading to a cabin and rested there. The scene was a mess. The ship was gradually going bow first into the sea and the ship was cracking on half. People were screaming and yelling and many floated dead on the ocean surface. Then, out of the corner of John’s eye, he saw an abandoned life boat floating in the ocean.
“Look Will! It’s our savior! The lifeboat is still there!” John shouted with joy.
“Good thing because I think it’s the last one. Let’s go!“ Will said.
They decided to make the journey over by slowly walking down while holding on to the rails for safety. A fall would be fatal. It was quiet the challenge because the ship was constantly moving and both nearly fell numerous times. Finally, they came to another wall leading to a hall and realized they were right next to the life boat. As they jogged to the lifeboat, giant pieces of metal, wood, and pipes rained down.
“Look out!” Will shouted and he ran toward John.
The metal object was coming right on top of John. Will dove at him. John was knocked away in the nick of time, but Will was instantly crushed.
“Nooooo! Will!” John yelled into the sky as he fell into the sea.
There was no time to mourn though. The raft was drifting away and it was his only chance. As he swam to the raft and boarded the life boat by himself, he heard a scream from the hallway. A woman was desperately climbing up toward the open door, but right as she was about to go out, a gigantic pipe fell and barred her way. She was trapped and there was nothing John could do.
John’s thoughts raced as he tried to think of a way to free her. He thought of none. The pipe was around a ton and there was no other exit. She would die on that room when the ship sinks by either drowning or, if the room happens to become an air pocket, pressure from the ocean depths. He felt sad and angry, but he had to move on. He took one last look at her and paddled away.
As he slowly left the wreckage, he plucked a few survivors from the freezing ocean. They all started suffering from hypothermia and within 15 minutes, all but one had passed away.
In the distance he heard a few gun shots and explosions. The ship was no more. It had sunk to the bottom of the ocean. He paddled in silence. Then, out of the distance came a boat.
“Yes! Finally I am saved!” John yelled with so much joy he almost forgot his sorrow.
The ship came an hour later and picked them up. After he boarded, the sorrow of the events on the Titanic started to come back to him. All he wanted was to be reunited with his family and cry. After a day of searching, they had counted up the survivors. Out of the 2,208 people that boarded the ship, only 712 survived. The other 1,496 died in various ways.
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