The sinking of the R.M.S Titanic is one of the most well-known historical events to unexpectedly happen to Americans. Yes, the Titanic’s sinking was due to a collision with an iceberg that hit the side of the ship. However, the ship’s demise has much more complexity that can be explored through many different perspectives.
The Titanic was a British ship from White Star Lines built in March of 1909. At the time, it was the world’s largest ship and was believed to be unsinkable. In fact, the captain at the time, Edward Smith, claimed that the Titanic could be cut into three pieces and still float. Unfortunately, when she set off on her journey from Southampton, England to New York City, the Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean about two-thirds of the way into the trip.
The iceberg that hit the Titanic was floating much farther South than icebergs at that size were typically found, and that combined with a visual mirage and lack of binoculars led to the iceberg not being seen in time for it to turn away. Captain Smith tried turning the Titanic away from the iceberg, but she ended up scraping the ice from the side, tearing a 300-foot seam through the bottom of the ship, damaging too many water compartments.
The Titanic ended its journey at night on April 13th, and into the early morning hours of April 14th of 1912. Not only was the sinking a tremendous waste of hard work, beautiful craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology, and money, but it devastated thousands of families. Approximately 1,500 lives were lost, including 112 children, 412 women, and 776 men. Much can be learned from the sinking of the Titanic, and hopefully, its events will make people more aware of the importance of safety at sea.