The first cause of the Titanic disaster was the speed that it was sailing. The Titanic was going twenty-two knots, which is approximately twenty-six miles per hour. That is only two knots less than top speed for a ship that size. It was Captain E.J. Smith’s last voyage before his retirement. This may have caused his eagerness to stay on schedule. The publicity surrounding Titanic’s maiden voyage could have played a part in Captain’s decision to sail at such a high speed. The Titanic could have missed the iceberg and avoided the collision if it had been sailing at a slower speed. At the twenty-two knots it was going it did not have enough time to turn away. At the time it was the largest and fastest ship in the sea. Captain Smith should have slowed the speed of the ship down given the icy weather conditions.
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...l warning about the icebergs. The radio operator turned off the radio, after sending the warning, and went to bed. It was around midnight when the crew on duty aboard the Californian reported seeing rockets coming from the Titanic. The captain was informed, but assumed the large ship was having a party and ignored the rockets. They would have heard the distress signals of the Titanic if their radio had been on.
In conclusion, there were many causes for the Titanic to sink. Most of these reasons could have avoided and many lives could have been saved. There were a total of sixty-eight percent of the people on board who died in this tragedy. That leaves only thirty-two percent of the people were saved. If the Titanic had enough lifeboats and they were filled, or, if the Captain had not ignored the warnings about the icebergs maybe the voyage would have been a success.
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