Titanic: "Why Did It Happen?"

Docked at Southampton

The tragedy known as Titanic that took place on the night of April 14th, 1912, slipping into the early morning of April 15th, 1912, is one of history’s greatest stories. This night was the 4th night of the voyage of the Titanic, the luxury trip from Southampton, England to Manhattan, New York, United States. This ship carried 2,200 passengers with the thoughts of “This is the best ship” and “This is the unsinkable ship! This will be the calmest trip along the Atlantic!”. It seemed to be very shocking to the passengers and captains to notice the ship descending after hitting contact with the iceberg at 11:40pm that evening.

The RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic was a ship owned by White Star, also owners of ships Olympic and Britannic. The Titanic was led by Captain Edward Smith. Captain Smith was chosen as captain for Titanic as he was very successful as he had served with multiple White Star Line ships: Baltic, Adriatic, and Olympic. Captain Smith’s first job as a part of White Star was as Fourth Officer for SS Celtic. His first position as commander was on the Republic. On the night of the Titanic sinking, it was said that Captain Smith stood in the ship's wheelhouse, staying there to go down with the ship.

passengersThe Titanic did grab a lot of worldwide attention from the dramatic death count. After a few days of the sinking, it was identified that about 1523 lives were lost that night. Most likely identified with use of who bought the tickets, people were able to pinpoint that 110 women, 56 children, and 1357 men lost their lives. Of the losses, 703 of them were crewmates/employees and 44 of them were unidentified, as their bodies were not found and could not find a name.

This event led to many people in an array of motions, distress, confusion, anger, sorrow, etc. Some people started studying the Titanic to answer some questions that could have led to this tragedy. People around the world started theorizing little things that could have made a huge difference to save a lot if not all the lives that were lost. First one was about the amount of lifeboats that were provided on the ships. The Titanic held 20 lifeboats, each having the possibility of holding up to 43 passengers. Why was there such a small amount of lifeboats? If each lifeboat available was filled, it would barely save a thousand lives, let alone the 2,200 lives on board. Could the crew possibly have left some lifeboats behind, not expecting any use of them as they were supposed to be on the unsinkable ship?