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The Unsinkable Titanic II

The Unsinkable Titanic II

Indeed the Titanic had on board the most modern safety technology of its time. A system of water tight compartments and electronic watertight doors were seen as a means of making the ship practically unsinkable. Even if four of the compartments were damaged, the ship could still float. In 1912 when the Titanic started its journey across the Atlantic, it was the largest ship on the ocean at 882.5 feet long, 92.5 feet wide and 175 feet high. Never before on earth had there been a larger man-made movable object like this.

On 14 April 1912 the Titanic hit the infamous iceberg and 6 of the 16 compartments were breached. The damage was bigger than the safety system allowed for as the ship was designed to float with only four damaged compartments. Here is the second aspect that the titanic sank because of poor quality. Besides the fact that the ship should have been designed to allow for more compartments to be damaged, metallurgists believe nowadays, that its wall was fastened together with poorly casted and even wrong iron rivets. Due to the poor quality of the rivets the iceberg caused more damage than it should have. So theoretically, with better quality, only four compartments would have been damaged which could have avoided the disaster.

Furthermore, there is another safety device that had been poorly installed on the ship. Only 705 people survived the tragedy because not enough life boats had been fitted. If there were sufficient lifeboats on board, the high number of deaths could have been avoided.  So, as a result 1,517 people died in the biggest peace maritime disaster in history.

Also, could the poor quality of the rivets have played another role? Would the ship not have been damaged to the same degree? For example, if a better quality rivet was used, the ship may not have filled with water so quickly resulting in more time for the passengers on board to await a rescue boat.

 

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