2). Lack of Binoculars
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Titanic - Ship of Dreams
Tonight at our house, on the 101st anniversary of the sinking, we are having a Titanic film festival on our big screen HD. I asked Scout what she thought were the most profound elements of the Titanic tragedy. These are her 5 things.
There were 20 lifeboats aboard the Titanic. It was the president of the White Star Line J. Bruce Ismay’s view that as long as the number of lifeboats met the board of trade’s regulations, everything would be okay. Unfortunately, not only was there an inadequate number of lifeboats, there was also a capacity issue. Nearly all of the lifeboats were launched half full.
2). Lack of Binoculars
Just before the Titanic was due to set sail from Southampton, one of the ship’s crew members was demoted and asked to leave the ship. But when he did, he accidentally took with him, the key to the locker that held the binoculars for the lookouts. This simple mistake resulted in the lookouts relying on their own eyesight to watch for icebergs.
3). Ignored Ice Warnings.
The Titanic received numerous ice warnings throughout the day on April 14, 1912, However, due to idea that the Titanic was considered to be ‘practically unsinkable,’ many, including Captain Smith thought there was little cause for alarm. More so, the last boilers were lit, so the ship could speed up. This was so the ship could [supposedly] break a speed record and arrive in New York a day early.
The Titanic had 16 watertight compartments. The ship was designed so should any of the first four compartments flood, the Titanic could ‘act as her own lifeboat’ and remain afloat. The disaster that took place on the night of April 14,1912, was considered the worst possible thing that could happen.
5) Weather Conditions.
On the night of April 14, 1912, at 11:35pm local time as the Titanic sailed 400 miles off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, the water was still as glass – unusually calm for North Atlantic weather in April. There was also no moon. Scientist hypothesized that due to the calm weather an moonless night, it would be much more difficult to spot icebergs.
If Captain Smith could speak to the crews crossing the Atlantic tonight, what would he say to them? What would be his advice? How could he help us avoid his tragic destiny?