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Olympic-class ocean liner

The Olympic-class ocean liners were a trio of British ocean liners built by the Harland & Wolff shipyard for the White Star Line during the early 20th century. They were Olympic and Britannic. All three were designed to be the largest and most luxurious passenger ships in the world, designed to give White Star an advantage in the transatlantic passenger trade. Two were lost early in their careers: Titanic sank in 1912 on her maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean, Britannic in 1916 during World War I after hitting a mine laid by the minelayer submarine U-73 in a barrier off Kea in the Aegean Sea. Olympic, the lead vessel, had a career spanning 24 years and was retired and sold for scrap in 1935. Although the two youngest vessels did not have successful careers, they are among the most famous ocean liners built. Both Olympic and Titanic enjoyed the distinction of being the largest ships in the world. Titanic's story has been adapted into many films. Britannic has inspired a film of the same name.

The Olympic class had its origins in the intense competition between the United Kingdom and Germany in the construction of the liners. The Norddeutscher Lloyd and HAPAG, the two largest German companies, were indeed involved in the race for speed and size in the late 19th century; the first in service for the Norddeutscher Lloyd was SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, which won the Blue Riband in 1897 before being beaten by Deutschland of HAPAG in 1900. Followed the three vessels of the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse: SS Kronprinz Wilhelm, SS Kaiser Wilhelm II and SS Kronprinzessin Cecilie all of whom were part of a "Kaiser class". In response to this, the Cunard Line of the UK ordered two vessels whose speed earned them the nickname "greyhounds of the seas:" Lusitania and Mauretania. Mauretania kept the Blue Riband for more than twenty years, from 1909 to 1929; the White Star Line knew that their Big Four, a quartet of ships built for size and luxury were no match for the Cunard's new liners in terms of speed.

In 1907, J. Bruce Ismay, president of White Star and William J. Pirrie, director of the shipyard Harland & Wolff decided to build three vessels, and so, the Olympic-class ships were built to surpass rival Cunard's largest ships and Mauretania, in size and luxury. Olympic, along with Titanic and the soon to be built Gigantic renamed the "Britannic", were intended to be the largest and most luxurious ships to operate on the North Atlantic, but not the fastest, as the White Star Line had switched from high speed to size and luxury; the three vessels were designed by Alexander Carlisle. Construction of Olympic started in December 1908 and Titanic in March 1909; the two ships were built side by side. The construction of Britannic began in 1911 after the commissioning of Titanic's launch. Following the sinking of Titanic, the two remaining vessels underwent many changes in their safety provisions. All three of the Olympic-class ships had nine decks. From top to bottom, the decks were: The Boat Deck was the topmost deck of the ship, where the deck housing and funnels were installed.

The bridge and wheelhouse were in front of the captain's and officers' quarters. The bridge was flanked by two observations platforms on the Starboard and Port sides so that the ship could be manoeuvred more delicately while docking; the wheelhouse stood within the Bridge. The entrance to the First Class Grand Staircase and Gymnasium were located midships along with the raised roof of the First Class Lounge, while at the rear of the deck were the roof of the First Class smoke room, a deck house for the ship's engineers, a modest Second Class entrance; the wood-covered deck was divided into four segregated promenades: for officers, First Class passengers and Second Class passengers respectively. Lifeboats lined the side of the deck on both sides except in the First Class area, where there was a gap so that the view would not be blocked. A Deck called the Promenade Deck, ran the entire 546 feet length of the superstructure, it was for First and Second Class passengers and contained First Class cabins all the way forward, the First Class lounge, Smoke Room and Writing Room and Palm Court.

The promenade on Olympic was unenclosed along its whole length, whereas on Titanic and Britannic, the forward half was enclosed by a steel screen with sliding windows. B Deck known as the Bridge Deck, was entirely devoted to First-Class staterooms; the finest suites could be found on this deck the two "Deluxe" Parlour Suites with their own private 50 ft long promenades. All three ships had À la Carte Restaurants positioned aft on B-Deck, as well as the Second-Class Smoking Rooms and Entrances. Olympic was built with an encircling First-Class promenade which soon proved to be redundant given the ample promenade space on A-Deck. Titanic added enlarged additional staterooms to occupy the space and a Café Parisien built as an annex to an enlarged Restaurant; this arrangement proved so popular that Olympic would adopt the same additions during its 1913 refit. On the exterior of each ship, B-Deck is defined by rectangular sliding windows. C Deck, the Shelter Deck, was the uppermost deck to run uninterrupted from the ships' bow to stern.

It included the two well decks. Each well deck contained large cranes for loading cargo into the interior holds. Crew cabins were located under the forecastle and Third Class public rooms were situated under the Poop Deck; the superstruct

Bellville High School (Texas)

Bellville High School is a public high school located in the city of Bellville, Texas in Austin County, United States and classified as a 4A school by the UIL. It is a part of the Bellville Independent School District located in central Austin County. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency; the Bellville Brahmas compete in these sports Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Powerlifting Softball Tennis Track and Field Volleyball Soccer Baseball – 1993 Girls Track – 1976, 1978 Volleyball – 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005 Lucas Luetge - is a professional baseball player for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. Emmanuel Sanders is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Bellville ISD website

Steele, Missouri

Steele is a city in southern Pemiscot County in the Missouri Bootheel of southeastern Missouri, United States. The population was 2,172 at the 2010 census; the Steele post office was in operation from 1896 to 2017. The community has the name of an early settler; the community was a point along the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway. In 1912, Steele contained three cotton gins, a sawmill and a gristmill. Steele is located in southern Pemiscot County five miles north of the Missouri-Arkansas state line; the community is on Missouri Route 164 and U. S. Route 61. Interstate 55 passes just to the east of the city. Caruthersville is on the Mississippi River, eleven miles northeast of Steele. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.87 square miles, of which 1.84 square miles is land and 0.03 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 2,172 people, 838 households, 551 families living in the city; the population density was 1,180.4 inhabitants per square mile.

There were 919 housing units at an average density of 499.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 77.53% White, 18.69% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 1.38% from other races, 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population. There were 838 households of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, 34.2% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.12. The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 29.1% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 2,263 people, 887 households, 582 families living in the city.

The population density was 1,205.9 people per square mile. There were 971 housing units at an average density of 517.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 80.87% White, 17.41% African American, 100% Native American, 0.93% from other races, 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.81% of the population. There were 887 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.3% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.11. In the city, the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,958, the median income for a family was $29,125. Males had a median income of $30,595 versus $19,286 for females; the per capita income for the city was $13,695. About 25.5% of families and 31.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.6% of those under age 18 and 26.0% of those age 65 or over. South Pemiscot Schools operates public schools: East Elementary School, Central Elementary School, South Pemiscot High School. Steele has the Steele Public Library. Historic maps of Steele in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of Missouri

Rose Rollins

Rose Rollins is an American actress. She is known for her role as Tasha Williams in the Showtime drama series, The L Word and as Valerie Anderson in the ABC crime drama series, The Catch. Rollins was born in California, she moved to New York when she worked as model, appearing on numerous commercials and major advertising campaigns. She moved to Los Angeles, made her acting debut appearing as C. J. Cregg's assistant in two episodes of NBC drama series, The West Wing in 1999. In early 2000s, Rollins has had supporting roles in films 13 Moons opposite Jennifer Beals, Undisputed starring Wesley Snipes, Something New starring Sanaa Lathan, she appeared in Mission: Impossible III in 2006. On television, she had the recurring role in the short-lived ABC legal drama In Justice in 2006. In 2007, Rollins joined the cast of the Showtime drama series The L Word during the fourth season as Tasha Williams, she starred on the show through the finale in 2009. She played Monique on the web series Girltrash! in 2007, directed by Angela Robinson.

She has appeared on CSI: NY and Miami Medical, before a regular role opposite Kelli Giddish in the short-lived NBC police drama series, Chase produced by Jerry Bruckheimer during 2010-11 season. In 2014, Rollins played the leading role alongside Julia Stiles in the TNT legal drama pilot Guilt by Association. In 2015, Rollins had a recurring role as Detective Kizmin Rider in the Amazon crime drama series, Bosch; that year, she was cast as Valerie Anderson in the ABC drama series The Catch produced by Shonda Rhimes. The series was canceled after two seasons, she went to co-star on the second season of the Audience Network thriller Condor. Rose Rollins on IMDb

2011 New Zealand snowstorms

The 2011 New Zealand snowstorms were a series of record breaking snow falls that affected both the North Island and South Island. The storms occurred over the span of a few weeks, beginning on 25 July 2011 in the North Island and subsequently spreading to the South; the storms returned in August. It was the worst winter storm; the heavy snowfalls caused widespread closures in many cities, including Christchurch and Dunedin. The South Island was the hardest hit, although the North Island was affected, with the climatically mild cities of Auckland and Wellington reporting the first notable snowfall in over twenty years; the storms caused chaos around the country, leaving people stranded at airports, blocking state highways and resulting in entire regions Otago, being closed. The initial storm of July was short lived, only to return again in August; the winter storm caused mixed precipitation. The snowfall was caused by Antarctic storms. A large high pressure system had developed and stretched from Antarctica to the subtropics, where it had merged with three neighbouring low pressure systems, causing cold temperatures and heavy snowfall.

On 25 July 2011, New Zealand was gripped by its coldest winter snap in fifteen years. The lowest temperature set during the month was −10.2 °C at Manapouri on 26 July, a new all-time record for the town. Christchurch Airport recorded its second-coldest day on 25 July; the severe winter storm was well predicted, with forecasters warning of the potential of heavy snow down to sea level in south and east of the South Island and to low levels in the North Island. This snowstorm was threatening as it was the school holidays, many people were travelling. Up to 30 cm of snow was recorded in parts of Christchurch, the heaviest recorded there in sixteen years; the snowfalls flattened sand dunes in Brighton and coated nearby Sumner Beach 1,700 homes within the Christchurch metropolitan area were without power. The city's bus service was shut down for two days. Various highways were closed, including the State Highway 1 between Invercargill and Dunedin and State Highway 94, the road from Te Anau into Milford Sound.

The storms lasted for three days, before subsiding and returning early in the following month. A few days prior to this date, forecasters were warning of a severe snowstorm heading for New Zealand going as far as calling it the "perfect snowstorm". Snow fell down to sea level in Wellington for the first time since the 1976, snow fell for a brief time in Auckland for the first time in 80 years. Much of the South Island was blanketed, with schools closed in Queenstown and Christchurch; the heavy snow disrupted flights in and out of these centres, in and out of Wellington. Schools were closed there due to the snow. Power was lost to around 4,000 homes in South Taranaki, Manawatu and Wairarapa; the storms caused airport closures in Christchurch and Dunedin. The Christchurch and Dunedin Donor Centres were closed and Westport and Mosgiel mobile collections were cancelled as a result of bad weather; the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority closed access to the Christchurch's earthquake-damaged red zone due to potential safety hazards.

The snow caused power outages in rural areas of Canterbury, namely Rakaia, Westmelton and Greendale due to fallen tree branches. Although Wellington received its largest snowfall in 30 years, the South Island received the most during the storms, with some regions receiving snowfall of up to 20–30 cm; the storms was the worst of its since 1939, when snow fell on the top of Maungawhau / Mount Eden and outer suburbs of Auckland, a city which does not receive any snowfall. Many homes around the country were due to trees falling on power lines. Widespread road closures occurred across the Otago region on the South Island. Many ski resorts were closed due to being covered in dangerous amounts of snow and damage to infrastructure. Climate of New Zealand Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited

Frank Murcott Bladen

Frank Murcott Bladen was an English-born Australian librarian and historian. Historical records of New South WalesBladen, F. M. ed. Historical records of New South Wales, Volume 1, Part 1—Cook, 1762-1780, Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer, OL 20445908M Bladen, F. M. ed. Historical records of New South Wales, Facsimiles of charts to accompany Volume 1, Part 1—Cook, 1762-1780, Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer, OL 26242827M Bladen, F. M. ed. Historical records of New South Wales, Volume 1, Part 2—Phillip, 1783-1792, Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer, OL 26242838M Bladen, F. M. ed. Historical records of New South Wales, Volume 2—Grose and Paterson, 1793-1795, Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer Bladen, F. M. ed. Historical records of New South Wales, Volume 3—Hunter, 1796–1799, Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer, OL 20445904M Bladen, F. M. ed. Historical records of New South Wales, Volume 4—Hunter and King, 1801,1802,1803, Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer, OL 20445905M Bladen, F. M. ed.

Historical records of New South Wales, Volume 5—King, 1803-1805, Sydney: Charles Potter, Government Printer, OL 3048032M Bladen, F. M. ed. Historical records of New South Wales, Volume 6—King and Bligh, 1806-1807, 1808, Sydney: William Applegate Gullick, Government Printer, OL 20531287M Bladen, F. M. ed. Historical records of New South Wales, Volume 7—Bligh and Macquarie, 1809, 1810, 1811, Sydney: William Applegate Gullick, Government Printer, OL 26242863M Australian Joint Copying Project State Library of New South Wales