History Retold: Fire At Sea
The sea. Thousands upon thousands of miles of empty water. Though sinking may seem to be the worst that can happen to a ship at sea, it's actually fire that creates the most horrific pain and suffering, because not only does a fire at sea mean a ship is going down, but passengers and crew have two choices, be burned alive, or jump into an unforgiving ocean.
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- Ch 354Troopship Tragedy: The Sinking Of The SS MendiFebruary 1917. To provide logistical support to WWI troops, a troopship of volunteers from the South African Native Labour Contingent is sent to France. The men never arrive. A story endures of the final hours before the volunteers drowned, when a charismatic Xhosa priest called the men to dance a warrior dance on deck as they ship sunk into the freezing water.The Amazing World of War MachinesBeneath the waves lurks a stealthy war machine. Capable of carrying nuclear weapons, submarines play a key role in the defense of many countries around the world today. The earliest beginnings of submarines can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. In 1776 American inventor David Bushnell designed and constructed the first military submarine.