Tuesday, April 10, 2012

100 YEARS AGO TODAY - APRIL 10, 1912

The Titanic sets sail from Southampton on April 10, 1912





Captain Smith

Old Newspaper photograph of Commodore Edward J Smith Commodore Edward J Smith  © The popular press expected men to die like heroes in 1912. After all Captain Smith had done just that, or had he? In a strange quirk of history the man directly responsible for the loss of Titanic is remembered as a hero, whilst the man who tried to save lives is labelled a coward.
Smith failed the passengers and crew of Titanic. He failed to heed ice warnings, did not slow his ship when ice was reported directly in his path and allowed lifeboats to leave the sinking ship partially filled, unnecessarily adding at least 500 names to the list of the dead.
But what organisation or individual was ultimately to blame? The British government's Board of Trade allowed Titanic to sail with insufficient lifeboat accommodation. The government simply had not kept abreast of advances in marine engineering and based all life-saving regulations on ships up to 10,000 grt (gross registered tons) which were required to carry 16 lifeboats. Titanic was 46,329 grt. A ship designed to accommodate 3,511 passengers and crew was only required to provide lifeboat accommodation for 962. In fact, White Star provided her with four extra collapsible boats, increasing capacity to 1,178.
Smith failed the passengers and crew of Titanic.
If Smith had not failed in his duty, all these lifeboats could have been loaded to their stated capacity in time, or even with many more, for the numbers reflected shipyard workers, not women and children. In the flat calm conditions that night, the first boat to leave Titanic's side, with a capacity of 40, contained just 12 people.
Titanic, famous for that terrible disaster, today stands as a memorial to mankind's over-confidence in technology and a reminder of how weak we are compared with the forces of nature. But Titanic should also stand as a reminder of an era when millions of emigrants made the voyage across the Atlantic seeking a new life, in a new world - a memorial to a unique event in history.

6 comments:

Sheila and Bob said...

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Hamish & Sophie

kissa-bull said...

very sad ....

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chicamom85 said...

Its hard to believe it has been a hundred years. What a sad and tragic day that was.

Anne and Sasha

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Just stopped by to catch up on your happenings and say hello! Enjoy your week!

Y'all come by now,
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Clark Thomas said...

its hard to believe it has been a hundred years. What a sad and tragic day that was.Challenge coins

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