Iceberg! Right Ahead!

For over a hundred years the sinking of the Titanic has been debated and studied.  In that time there have been many misconceptions surrounding the Titanic from her being poorly built to the Capitan being drunk or the ship going too fast .  Today we’ll clear up some of those misconceptions.

Captain Edward Smith ordered the ship to go much too fast through a part of the ocean known to be heavy with icebergs at that time of year.

  •       Nope, she was traveling at the same speed all transatlantic ocean liners traveled at during 1912

There were not enough lifeboats for each person on board. 

  •    There wasn’t, but the Titanic was carrying more lifeboats than what was required at the time.  It wasn’t until Titanic sank that new regulations on the number of lifeboats needed was changed.

Weak rivets supposedly made of inferior metals caused the hull to buckle when it hit the iceberg

  •   The rivets were made of the same iron used in all manufacturing of sea bearing vessels.  The speed and angle at which the Titanic hit the iceberg would have crippled the ship despite the rivets.

The bulkheads weren’t built tall enough to create a water seal for the flooded compartments

  •   As with the lifeboats, the bulkheads were only required to go so high on passenger ships.  The reason for this was to allow easier movement throughout the ship.  Since you cannot pass through the bulkheads you must travel over them.  So if you were at the bottom of the ship and wanted to get to the other side you have to travel up to a deck where the bulkheads stop and then over and back down again.

Another misconception is the Titanic was called “unsinkable” by those who built her.  There is no record of anyone in the shipyard ever saying this during or after Titanic’s construction.


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