Comparing Disasters : The Sinking Of The British Ocean Liner Royal Mail Ship

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The comparing and contrasting of disasters is an incredibly significant process to the preparation of first responders and the staging of recovery operations. Through this analysis researchers are able to measure the outcomes tragedies have on the surviving populace, develop treatment programs and the implementation thereof. This paper will measure and examine the impact of two varying manmade disasters: the sinking of the British ocean liner Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Lusitania on May 7, 1915 and the Famine of the Bengal Province of British India in 1943. While these two disasters are not connected, the death toll of both events places direct emphasis on the loss life, questions of mortality and depression issues within the affected population.

RMS Lusitania
During World War I, German submarines called “U boats” patrolled the oceans surrounding Europe using depth and concealment to sink targets of opportunity. One such opportunity came on Friday, 7 May 1915 as Captain William Turner piloted the RMS Lusitania towards Ireland. Prior to this fateful day, the RMS Lusitania had successfully completed “201 uneventful crossings between Liverpool and New York” and held several maritime industry records to include the fastest Atlantic crossing (WorldAtlas, 2016). On the morning of this disaster, Captain Turner had the shipped slowed to a speed submarines could match. He was commanding the vessel with knowledge of potential submarine activity in the area, but did not properly…

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