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Titanic: The Preventable Disaster

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The R.M.S. Titanic was said to be unsinkable. This White Star liner was the biggest British ocean liner of its day. It set sail on April 10, 1912 and came to its resting place in the sea just four days later. Crucial events and decisions were made that resulted in the sinking of this great, unsinkable ship. Errors were made that cost many their lives. The sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic could have been prevented. First, communication errors resulted in Titanic’s fate. Titanic operators failed to relay iceberg telegraphs from other ships. The Titanic received numerous iceberg warnings throughout the day leading up to its final night. According to Susan Wels, author of Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, Phillips, who was working at the time, had become so busy trying to sort passenger’s messages that he set aside an iceberg warning and never sent it to the bridge (84). This event with Phillips was not the only miscommunication. “A vessel was spotted nearby, but the Titanic was unable to contact it. The Californian was also in the vicinity, but its wireless had been turned off for the night” (“Titanic: The Unsinkable” [4]). Crew members should have heeded the iceberg warnings and communicated them as soon as receiving them. The Titanic and other ships in the area failed to communicate suitably due to the situation. In addition, Titanic crew members never issued a general warning. Numerous people on board did not even realize how serious their situation was. This error was especially prevalent with the third-class passengers. The Encyclopedia Britannica quotes, “Given Smith’s failure to sound a general alarm, some third-class passengers did not realize the direness of the situation until it was too late” ([5]). “Cons... ... middle of paper ... ...nt?” National Geographic Channel. n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. Mowbray, Jay Henry., ed. Sinking of the Titanic: Eyewitness Account. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1998. Sanders, Laura. “Women and Children First Holds Only if a Ship is Sinking Slowly.” Science News 177.7 (2010): 11. Academic Search Complete. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. "The Titanic - Crew." History on the Net. n.p., Nov. 2000. Web. 01 Mar. 2014. “Titanic.” Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2005. Credo Reference. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. “Titanic.” History. A&E Television Networks. 2014. 26 Jan. 2014. "Titanic's Lookout Video." History. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014. “Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. Wels, Susan. Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner. n.p.: Time-Life, 1997.
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