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To sustain the colossal engines, the Titanic required a daily supply of more than 600 tons of coal, prompting its departure from Southampton with an ample 6,000-ton coal supply. This coal was diligently fed into substantial boilers, each equipped with three furnaces. The individuals responsible for this demanding task, known as firemen, toiled in exceedingly hot and unclean environments. Tragically, many of these men were among the initial casualties, as the compartments they labored in succumbed to flooding, and watertight doors automatically sealed, in a bid to prevent further inundation of the ship.

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