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Some facts you probably didn’t know, about Titanic.

VipraDialogues | October 16, 2015 | 437  Views
Some facts you probably didn’t know, about Titanic.

RMS Titanic, probably one of the most highly talked-about ships in the history, the largest ship of its time, the pride of Great Britain, the world’s first reputed-to-be unsinkable ship, the 52 thousand tonne of monstrosity, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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It was late night on 14th of April 1912, 11:40 p.m., to be precise; most of the passengers had already retired for the night while the remaining were still busy, relishing the music and the last few drinks of the night, in the ball room. Suddenly, there was a thunderous bang, as the ship came to a jolting stop. After a couple of minutes of loud screams, petrifying shrieks, and helpless cries, came the moment of realization. Titanic had hit a huge, floating iceberg. It was sinking.

2 hours and 40 minutes of Sisyphean struggle and futile rescue attempts later, at 2:20 a.m., the Titanic had broken apart and foundered completely, leaving more than 2/3rd of the total number of people on board, dead; 1519 out of the total 2224. It is, till date, one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in the modern history.

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We all have heard and read a lot about the tragedy, even seen it in the James Cameron movie. However, there are a few facts that probably not many would know, and which are both, spooky and disturbing at the same time. Let me share a few of them here:

1. If the iceberg had been seen, just 30 seconds earlier and the Captain of the ship was notified, the tragedy could have been averted. Just imagine; 1519 dead, over a delay of just 30 seconds.
2. Of the only 20 lifeboats available on the ship at the time, 16 sailed away without even being filled to capacity. Only one Ocean liner has been sunk by an iceberg, in the entire history: Titanic.
3. A lifeboat drill was planned on the ship, the night before it sank, so that the passengers could be trained for emergency situations. It was later cancelled.
4. The iceberg responsible for the sinking has been floating around in the area, since 1000 B.C.
5. There was a Japanese survivor who escaped the ship on time. Upon returning back to Japan, he was shamed, ridiculed, and was told that he should have gone down with the others. He died a week later, of heart-attack.
I still can’t get over the first point. Just 30 seconds? Why, it’s around the time we spend at the traffic signal, waiting for it to turn green. Imagine a Titanic, happening at every signal. 30 seconds of waiting and more than 1500 dead.
Any which way you look at it; it was probably one of the worst tragedies involving human casualties, ever.

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