Pertaining to the added safety measures, the inquiries both decided to change the structural design of the ship. One way of doing this is to redesign the flawed bulkheads, which were a new sinking prevention tool in use in many ships during that time. The purpose of the bulkheads were to create watertight compartments which would, in case of collision, be able to continue to float, even with compartments filled with seawater. The Titanic was built to be “divided into watertight compartments that she would float, with any two compartments full of water; and the margin of safely made it fairly certain that she would still have floated, with even three of the four forward compartments full up” (Lightoller 287). These, however, were flawed as
The Lusitania was destroyed in the same was as the Titanic as they could not pull the boats into the sea and water kept rushing into the hull through the front where the torpedo hit as the boat couldn’t be stopped.
In May of 1976 a U.S. Navy submarine found the unlucky freighter and took many pictures of it. A cause of the sinking may have been the low-pressure system moving towards the Great Lakes in the wee hours of November 9th, 1975 (Which the N.W.S. or the Fitz completely ignored, apparently). By the time this system reached Lake Superior it would be called a cyclone by the American Meteorological Society. Twenty-nine men stood in the path of this storm, the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Think you can figure out what happened next, when the storm hit.
The most common tell-tale sign for a lookout on iceberg watch is the surf along the waterline of the iceberg. On a calm night such as that of 14 April 1912, this tell-tale clue would not have been present. Without it, the lookouts did not sight the iceberg until it was quite close. The Titanic was one of the most incredible ship liners ever built by man. Titanic was equipped with three main engines—two reciprocating four-cylinder, triple-expansion steam engines and one centrally placed low-pressure Parsons turbine—each driving a propeller. It provided a good combination of performance and speed. (“RMS Titanic.”)
One of the main causes of the Titanic's sinking was that it was not built in uniform fashion. The rivets were made out of a softer material and therefore broke faster than they would have if they were the right/stronger material. “McCarthy and Foecke began examining 48 rivets brought up from the wreck and they found they contained a high concentration of “slag” a residue of smelting that can make metal fracture prone.” (USnews.com) The ship builders wanted to cut the cost of the Titanic and one was they did this was by cutting down the safety of the overall ship. If the ship was built with stronger rivets they might have more time before it sank, overall saving more lives. Another flaw in the Titanic was the Hull Steel. “The brittle fracture
The Great Lakes have been home to more than 6,000 shipwrecks on its five major Lakes (Childs, 2011). One of the most popular wrecks was that of the bulk freighter the Edmund Fitzgerald on the Canadian side of Lake Superior. It had transported goods across the Great Lakes for about 17 years before it was overcome by the power of the Lakes. In terms of lifetimes of shipping vessels, The Fitzgerald was still relatively young. “The Fitzgerald, often called the Titanic of the Great Lakes was not only the most famous freshwater shipwreck; it was also the biggest mystery in the Great Lakes history” (Schumacher, 2006). Weather played a key role in the defeat of this ship and the death of all 29 hands on November 10, 1975. “Winter is a time of intense
Life on the Titanic was marvelous and exquisite; most of the wealthiest people in the world were among those on board the Titanic (SV; SV.). Built in Belfast, Ireland, in 1909, the Titanic, said to be “as long as four city blocks”, was loaded with amenities such as pools and elegant features like supreme wood and extravagant chandeliers (Deitz; Goodman). The ship was a whopping 882.5 feet long, about the length of three football fields, 92.5 feet wide, about 11 stories tall with its smokestacks, and carried 2,200 passengers (Rattini).
Sails began to rip from the immense power of the horrific wind. An earsplitting crack captures the attention of all on deck. Worried eyes watched as the main mast tumbled to the side, plunging into the sea. The violent rocking motion caused the mast to snap at its base.
The Titanic had hit an ice burg. This is because the ship couldn’t turn fast enough, so the ice burg struck the Titanic. It took about 160 minutes for the ship to fully sink.