Home page 1Titanic, one of the most historical boat tragedies ever is a story of "what ifs". What really made the Titanic this significant was the fact that it was commonly considered to be "unsinkable." There were a lot of rumors going about this and this left people thinking Titanic was one of the most extravagant and luxurious ships ever created at that time. Not only were people acknowledging this, the captain of the ship (Captain Smith) believed the titanic would be the safest ship he had sailed through the atlantic ocean. One of the other things that made the Titanic really significant in that time was the fact that this captain would sail this ship. This is regarding the website "britannica- titanic." He was "Nicknamed the"Millionaire's Special,"' the ship was fittingly captained by Edward J. Smith, who was known as the "Millionaire's Captain" because of his popularity with wealthy passengers. Indeed, onboard were a number of prominent people..." This meant it brought more people to his voyages.

But the ship didn't last long in the waters. She, Titanic, hit an iceberg. This occurred on April 15, 1912, in the North Atlantic Ocean around 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. As the website "titanic sinks- History" states, "The massive ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, had struck an iceberg..." As a result, the titanic had taken 1,517 lives that night. This therefore made the titanic sinking such a significant part of history. The amount of time Titanic had for it to fully sink was 2 hours and 40 minutes. Only approximately 710 passengers survived Titanic. A lot of things come into play in what really sank the titanic. One for example would be the amount of lifeboats. There were 20 lifeboats equipped on Titanic. These lifeboats helped people survive the sinking of her. These lifeboats were originally used to transport passengers to a ship to another. Not to sustain them for a while. People started to argue, could the increase of the lifeboats make the difference in the amount of people that could survive that night? There have been rumors that say that the owner of the titanic, Bruce Izzmay, lowered the amount of lifeboats. This is due to luxurious and visual purposes for the ship itself and because he thought it would have a cluttered deck on the ship. This rumor is not the only thing that might've had Titanic sink.

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There are a lot of theories and rumors about what really sank Titanic. But what really leaves people with a mystery is, would any of the factors really could have changed the outcome of the titanic sinking? These are a few of the rumors and theories people have developed about the sinking:

Starting off with the absence of the binoculars, would this be the reason why the lookouts couldn't see the iceberg in time? As told in ";10 mistakes that sunk Titanic: Crew were left without binoculars as iceberg approached." "Titanic left Southampton Captain Henry Wilde swapped places with Captain Edward Smith of sister ship the RMS Olympic. As a result of this Second Officer David Blair also left the Titanic and it is believed he took a key to a cabin with him which contained the officer's binoculars." This meant that the lookouts had the incapability in seeing the icebergs. This could've been the result of the sinking of Titanic.

Home page 2The next theory was the mirage. A mirage is an illusion that is caused by the atmospheric conditions. This could have affected the outcome a lot. The reason why was that a mirage could trick you into seeing that there is nothing. That happened with the lookouts because the density of the air bent the light therefore camouflaging it. This also corresponds to the binoculars too. This correlates because they had the binoculars. In the video I saw (10 mistakes), it said," "... if they'd had binoculars theoretically they could have seen the base of the berg a little earlier and those few seconds could have been crucial for Titanic".In elaboration of this, the binoculars may have been the reason of salvation for the lost lives.

The bulkheads, they are watertight walls in the compartments that are meant to keep water in so it doesn't flood the rest of the ship. Titanic had 15 bulkheads implanted into the ship for this reason and there were 16 watertight compartments. Titanic was built in such a high order that if Titanic hit an object, it will be able to stay afloat if only 4 compartments are flooded. As mentioned in "Sinking of the Titanic |National Geographic". "After hitting the iceberg, water began flooding Titanic's forward six compartments". This meant that the lowering of the compartments probably made the difference in the sinking of Titanic. The reason why it was lowered at almost 10 feet from the water line is because Bruce Izzmay wanted to install a Grand Staircase. In the video "10 mistakes that sank the Titanic" it said,"... the bulkheads weren't tall enough to reach the passenger deck level, a deliberate choice by the Titanic's designer." The decision was made by the owner but the designer established it. In the movie ,Titanic History Channel Movie, it states that Bruce Izzmay decides to make the staircase more "grander". This is prior 2 years before the launch in January,1910. Was this really the reason why Titanic sank?

Even though these theories are not assured another role that could have really affected that day were the conditions the night it sank. The time the lookouts saw the iceberg was at 11:39 pm on a cold night. That night it had no clouds, no moonlight, and the water was calm, no waves. This is all stated in, "Titanic sank 108 tears ago". This meant that if the waves couldn't hit the base of the iceberg, it wouldn't be noticeable if seen from the lookouts position. Which means the time the lookouts saw the iceberg it was too late. The temperature of the cold water was about 28 degrees fahrenheit and the temperature of the air was about 39 degrees below freezing. This also killed the passengers when it flooded. The temperature automatically could have killed them due to the lack of heat the body could maintain. Even though the theories prior to this were more relevant, the weather and conditions had a part in the sinking of her.