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The Titanic: Lessons Learned from the Tragedy
The Titanic was constructed in Belfast by the Harland and Wolff shipyard. It was funded by J.P. Morgan and his International Mercantile Company. The construction of the ship began on March 11, 1909. The Titanic was 882 feet and 9 inches or 269 meters long and 92 feet 6 inches or 28 meters at the beam. In her era, Titanic is considered the peak of naval architecture. She is the best among her competitors for her luxury and magnificence.
She offered luxurious facilities and amenities such as the swimming pool, gymnasium, libraries for each passenger class and so forth. First-class rooms were decorated with intricate wood paneling, classy furniture, and other decorations. Additionally, the Café Parisien inside the Titanic offered excellent cuisine for the first-class passengers. The ship also included its technologically superior features in her time. The Titanic almost resembled her older sister who is Olympic, but there were a few differences.
On April 10, 1912, the massive ship left Southampton and took a journey to Cherbourg, France, wherein several first-class passengers boarded the ship. On April 11, 1912, she left Cherbourg for Queenstown, Ireland wherein she picked up the third-class passengers. On April 12, 1912, the ship sailed via the Atlantic Ocean. She was expected to arrive in New York City on April 17, 1912, Wednesday. On the evening of April 14, at 11:40 p.m., she struck an iceberg; less than three hours later, at 2:20 AM, of April 15, the liner sank. This disaster made the maritime laws changes its policies and guidelines with regards to proper rules and regulations for the assurance of passenger’s safety onboard the ship and their standard procedures.
There are some arguments and conclusions regarding the contributing factors of Titanic disaster. The first one is the Speed of the ship. They guess that the Titanic might be at her highest speed which causes the Titanic to hit an iceberg. However, there is no proof of such a claim since there is no tangible evidence to prove any. The next factor is the insufficient number of the Lifeboats. During her time, the law allows having 20 lifeboats on the ship. Although it is set in the guidelines, it is simply not enough to save all of the passengers from the disaster. The third contributing factor is the wrong maneuvering of the ship. If they have not altered the course and just reversed its engines, then the damage of the first and second compartments may have prevented.
“Experience is still the best teacher” and “We should learn from our mistakes” are the famous quotes of wisdom about the tragedy of the Titanic. If there is no Titanic tragedy occurred in the first place, then the Maritime industry will learn nothing about the proper guidelines and standard procedures to be implemented for the safety of the living inside the ship. The Titanic experience is the first and greatest Maritime teacher. However, after those tragedies, we should also learn in these mistakes of the pasts. Furthermore, the humankind must not allow any tragedies to repeat since we already know the means of prevention of such disasters.