By now the story of the sinking of the Titanic is well-known and well-worn: Man creates an “unsinkable ship” and, in his ignorant state, brings along too few lifeboats. An iceberg cures him for his arrogance by tearing a hole in the side of the ship, sending it and thousands of passengers to the icy depths of the North Atlantic.
He may have been ignorant but that is only one of the many reasons the Titanic sank.
So near but yet so far away….
The Titanic was not the only ship in the North Atlantic ice field on the night of 14th April 1912
The Californian was six miles away but due to a marouge believed that the ship they were seeing could not have been the Titanic for it was too small. It was only after the horrible event that they heard the news of what had happened to the unsinkable ship. To the day of the Californian’s captain death, he swore that it was not the Titanic and only know do we realize what he truly saw.
This marouge is also to blame for the Titanic hitting the iceberg in the first place. Many argue that it was because the boat was going to fast or that the watch men didn’t have binoculars. This has been proven wrong considering that at the time it was normal to be going at full speed in the area that they were at. It was also shown that there were binoculars on board and if the watch men really needed them it would not be hard to get some. The only explanation that made sense was that the marouge made the sea level look much higher. Giving the appearance that there was no iceberg until it was to late.
Another unlucky event was that there was no moon. Only the stars overhead to light the way. Even if the marouge wasn’t there how would someone be expected to see anything in those conditions.
Even more tragic was the fact that they had been sent a message there were icebergs. The message however was not sent in a formal manner and thus never made it to the captain after being deemed “unimportant”.
One of the factors that makes the sinking of the Titanic so memorable is the fact that lives were needlessly lost. There were not enough lifeboats on board to hold all the passengers and crew and when the lifeboats were launched they were not filled to capacity, considering it was seen as treason to leave the boat before women and children.
Adding to the flaws in the design are the bulkheads. A bulkhead being a wall that divided the ship into several different compartments. Due to budget they were set to low. It was said that four compare mental could fill and the ship would still float. Six compartments were filled on the night of the crash causing the boat sink quicker than was believed possible for a ship that size.
In the construction of the ship many corners were cut which also factored into the Titanic’s ultimate demise.
Rivets were used to hold the ships metal plating in place. The rivets were supposed to be made out of steel but it was hard to put together so the workers opted for rot iron, a considerably weaker material. The pressure of the iceberg might not have made such a huge incision had the proper materials been used.
Even worse the Titanic left port with a charcoal fire on board. It was said to have burned for over three days before anyone noticed and was impossible to put out. Evidence has come out saying that it was on the side of the boat that was ripped open and could also be to blame for weakening the metal.
Even if some of these things hadn’t have happened it still seems like the Titanic was truly doomed to sink from the very beginning.