The Sinking of the Titanic

The Titanic sank into the North Atlantic Ocean, just southeast of  Newfoundland, on April 15, 1912. It took two hours and forty minutes for her to fully sink. Out of two-thousand-two-hundred and forty passengers and crew on board, more than one-thousand-five-hundred people lost their lives. The steamship sinking was due to her side-swiping an iceberg during the voyage but many other factors contributed to why the ship sunk.

 

The ship was marketed as “Unsinkable” but that was not the case. As proven by that terrible accident. The Titanic had many fatal flaws that led to her demise, many problems that if fixed may have saved the ship from sinking. Many important things were overlooked that would go completely unnoticed by the passengers which may have led to the Titanic’s great demise. Many of the problems that caused the ship to sink were merely design flaws but some were just complete oversights. 

 

One of the design flaws that contributed to the sinkage of the steamship was, the ship contained a double bottom and fifteen watertight bulkhead compartments, equipped with electric watertight doors that could be operated individually or simultaneously by a switch on the bridge. Unfortunately, the watertight compartment design contained a flaw that was a critical component in the sinking of the Titanic. While the individual bulkheads were watertight, the walls separating the bulkheads were only a few feet above the waterline, so water could spill from one compartment into another. Another critical safety lapse that led to the loss of so many lives was the insufficient number of lifeboats carried on the ship. The ship contained only sixteen boats, plus four  Engelhardt “collapsibles” that could only accommodate one-thousand, one-hundred, and seventy-eight people. Although the Titanic could carry up to two-thousand-four-hundred and thirty-five and a crew of somewhere around nine-hundred, bringing her capacity to more than three-thousand-three-hundred people.

 

Another component in the sinking of the titanic was a small coal fire that was discovered in one of her bunkers; an alarming but not uncommon occurrence. Stokers hosed down the coal and shoveled it towards the base of the blaze. According to a small theory created by a small number of Titanic experts, once the ship left Southampton the fire had become uncontrollable, forcing the crew to attempt the crossing at full speed; the ship was moving at such an exceeded pace that she was unable to avoid the iceberg. 

 

The crew was also unable to spot the iceberg quickly enough to avoid the collision, due to the binoculars’ absence from the crow’s nest. Without the binoculars, any crew member in the crow’s nest would have been able to see the iceberg coming in time. The binoculars weren’t absent instead, no one knew that they were on board due to no one having the key to the compartment that the binoculars were held in. David Blair a sailor had the key with him but was reassigned to another ship right before the Titanic’s departure. The key never left Blair’s pocket and no one knew. Many people believe that the Titanic was cursed from the start due to its fatal flaw, maybe if more precautions were taken or these flaws were fixed the Titanic’s voyage may not have been doomed to end up as a watery graveyard.