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Titanic:"Why did it happen?"

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The incident that was the Titanic and how, what, where, when, and why it occurred is very well known; yet it is still a mystery. The RMS Titanic was a British ship which is famous for sinking due to an iceberg crash on April 15th, 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean after being considered an “unsinkable” ship. 1,500 people died and 706 people survived the incident. The sinking of the Titanic lasted for around 2 hours and 40 minutes. According to titanicfacts.net the estimated speed at which the bow of the Titanic would have hit the ocean floor was “30 knots (around 35 mph / 56 km/h).”

The captain of the Titanic was Captain Edward Smith who was a British naval officer and he served in numerous other white star vessels throughout his years. He was born on January 27th, 1850 in the United Kingdom. He died during the incident and to this day his body has still never been recovered as no one knew where he was during the incident. Some theorize that he had actually escaped on one of the unused lifeboats.

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As for the weather, it was a very frigid night at 4.1 degrees celsius and the water was 28 degrees Fahrenheit which is below freezing; however, due to the salt content of the water it did not freeze. The water was so cold that it was lethal towards anyone in it as the primary cause of death during the incident was immersion hypothermia. It was a starry night and the moon was not visible in the sky.

There were many reasons why it crashed and there are many precautions that could have been taken to have prevented the crash. While it was very likely an avoidable incident, many conspiracies and theories have arisen over the years having to do with direct causes of the sinking. One of the craziest theories was that J.P. Morgan (the owner of Titanic/White Star Line) planned the sinking to kill off his rival millionaires. They were Jacob Astor, Isidor Straus and Benjamin Guggenheim. All of which actually perished during the disaster and this theory relies on the fact that Morgan changed his mind to board shortly before Titanic set off. This does not fully explain how he planned the ship to crash into an iceberg and kill off so many people, let alone 3 specific men he “intended” to die.