The Sinking of the Titanic: How It Could Have Been Prevented?

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The maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic will always be a day marked in history as a night to remember. Why did the Titanic not make it to her port in New York City from her trek across the Atlantic Ocean? The Titanic was designed to take passengers from England, France and Ireland to North America (Gunner). What happened that night the Titanic sank down to her cold watery grave to the bottom North Atlantic? Was it from the design of the ship or perhaps from poor building materials, human naivety and error; or simply a combination of all of these things? The Titanic’s sinking was a combination of all these things but mostly from human naivety and error with their belief of the ship to be unsinkable. The Titanic was built by White Star Lines …show more content…
According to eye witnesses that survived the crash, they said the iceberg looked dark as the ship went past it (Levinson 150). On April 14th, 1912 according to Tim Maltin who is a historian and has written many books on the Titanic said, “This was not avoidable human error, it’s just about air density difference, the unusually cold sea air caused light to bend abnormally downward.” The Earth was the closest to the moon during that time than it had ever been in the past 1,400 years. On the day the Titanic sank because of the Earth being that close to the moon, it was causing unusual tides that caused glaciers to move into the shipping currents. The icebergs also added cold water making a river in the ocean where they were that made the mirage effect more intensified, in turn making the icebergs harder to see that night (“Titanic Sinking”).
On April 14th, 1912 at around 11:40pm the Titanic smashed into the iceberg. The iceberg stuck the starboard side of the ship causing the plates of the hull to buckle. When the plates buckled it opened a seam from the iron plates pulling away from the seams causing the watertight compartments to start flooding. The Titanic was designed to be made to be able to stay afloat with up to the first four watertight compartments flooded (Greeley 3). The collision caused at least
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