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Titanic: "Why Did it Happen?"

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There are many questions as to why so many lives were lost that cold April night in one of maritimes greatest disasters: Titanic. Could it have been prevented? Is there one person to blame for the sinking and the loss of a great sum of lives? Was the sinking due to laziness, was it due to the arrogance of the captain? Could the disaster be blamed on the weather?

The Titanic was famous because it was considered an unsinkable ship that could not hold up to its standards. The Titanic set sail on April 10th, 1912, this day was a massive one for a great feat for humankind. The ship took two years to construct and complete. The Titanic was built to compete with another shipping company known as the Cunard Line. The people on board the Titanic were a great amount of mail cargo and civilians.

1,517 people lost their life the night the Titanic sank. They consisted of a majority of men due to the idea that women and children were the first to go onto the lifeboats and due to the lifeboats they had a better chance of surviving compared to the men on the Titanic. The Titanic was told to sink at a speed of about 30 knots or about 35 mph. The Titanic took 2 hours and 40 minutes to sink to the bottom of the ocean. At this time it allowed for the people to try and get onto a lifeboat and into the water. The issue at hand was due to the limited amount of lifeboats and the amount of space of the lifeboats. In the timeframe of 2 hours and 40 minutes, only 705 people were able to get into the water or get onto a lifeboat and survive.

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Some theories about the sinking of the Titanic were due to the foggy sky, or the inability to steer. The sinking of the Titanic could have been stopped or mitigated in the number of lives lost that April night. One way people believe the titanic could have been stopped from sinking is from, binoculars, hitting the iceberg head-on. There are many ways that the damage that sinking of the titanic had, one way this damage could have been mitigated is by adding more lifeboats. Communication with another ship who was nearby, or by being more efficient when loading people into the lifeboats on the titanic. It was told that only 50% percent of the capacity of the lifeboats were filled.

Captain Smith, the captain of the Titanic was an honorable man. Mr.Smith was the one steering the titanic towards its destination. Captain Smith was an honorable man due to his ideals, he went down with the ship. He was the one who held himself responsible for the sinking of the Titanic and instead of taking up a spot on a lifeboat he allowed for someone else to take his spot instead and he would go down with the ship as punishment for sinking the ship in the first place. Mr. Smith’s last words were “Well boys, do your best for the women and children, and look out for yourself” Mr. Smith always had a good heart and he cared for the people around him more than himself, he put the people around him above himself. And that is what made him a good guy even past the responsibilities of sinking the Titanic.

Reports of the weather on the night of the Titanic’s crash was a calm cold night a sea. The water was said to be at freezing temperatures, 32 degrees, not only was it told to be freezing temperatures but it was believed that people would die within just 15 minutes in this frigid water. The sky was clear and it was a moonless night.