Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fact of the Day: Titanic Safety

One of the reasons why the Titanic sinking was so tragic is that many of the deaths could have been avoided as there were many operations failures like having not nearly enough lifeboats for the passengers and crew. Some good came out of the sinking, as this led many countries to achieve major improvements in maritime safety. 

10 comments:

  1. Sadly, it sometimes takes tragedies to bring about positive change.

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  2. Very true, Adam. There were many factors that could have prevented the disaster...one is that the Captain could have ordered that the ship reduce its speed upon hearing the iceberg warnings. It is also the sinking of the the Titanic that led to the White Star Line's demise. Cunard had (and still has today) a much better safety record and so it is natural that Cunard has thrived. Another thing is that the lifeboats that the Titanic did have were not filled to capacity. I think each lifeboat could hold 65 people but the lifeboats had very few in it. This is due in part to the fact that many people actually believed the Titanic to be "unsinkable", but even the White Star Line never made that claim...their words were "practically unsinkable". Sad, a tragedy that could have been prevented.

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  3. It's very sad to think about. If there had just been enough lifeboats, it wouldn't have been as bad as it was.

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  4. Takes a major event for good change to come due it seems

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  5. It didn't help that many of the lifeboats left the ship half empty.

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  6. When people are so self-centred and believe that they are travelling on 'the
    unsinkable" and the captain self deludes himself on the same level.
    Then when an unmoveable object - well not powered ( the iceberg) - meets a moving object of far smaller size (the Titanic) , then - the inevitable does happen - as in the case of the Titanic.
    Anyhow far better safety maritime measures resulted after this tragedy.

    Also it should be remembered that many people reputedly refused to get into
    the life boats when ordered - the "know-all" first class passengers!
    B J Hunnicut and company

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  7. According to the movie (which I loved and have seen 3 times), a lot of ladies didn't want to go without their husbands...(movie presentation but I think it was probably true)....
    it was indeed a terrible thing.

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    1. Which movie???
      If a Hollywood one - Like the last one, the DiCaprio/Winslet "soap opera" - then it appeals to the misinformed and those you are only interested in trivia trash.
      See some well constructed documentaries on what may/could have happened
      with the scenarios/statements taken from actual saved passengers.
      More educational that any Hollywood trash!
      B J Hunnicut of the "Texas/Tennessee Free" M.A.S.H 4077

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