100 Years On - Titanic Is Still With Us
The Legend Of Titanic
It was at 11.40pm on Sunday 14th April 1912 that the legend of Titanic was born; not for being the largest moving object on the world to date, but the most famous of marine disasters.
The problem was down to the slow turning of the ship, had Titanic been quicker to turn, it would have avoided the iceberg destined to strike it. However the ship was very large with a small rudder.
Lost But Not Forgotten
Southampton was the city most effected by the tragedy of the sinking of Titanic. as over 500 crew on the ship came from Southampton. Cooks, stewards, cleaners, musicians etc. Of the 650 staff, the loss was most felt in Southampton as most people in the city either knew someone who had died on the fateful maiden voyage.
Over 1500 crew and passengers lost their lives in the disaster and a little known fact about the crew is that once they died, they were formally dismissed, nothing was paid to grieving widows of loved ones, White Star Liners washed their hands of them.
The Band Keep Playing
There is the popular story of the band from the first class lounge staying at their posts and going down with the ship. This was noted by many survivors so is more than just a myth, but a reality. A very brave thing to do and possibly saving countless lives through reducing mass panic and keeping a sense of order in a time of tragedy.
The Captain Goes Down With The Ship
Not much is know of how Captain Smith died in the sinking of Titanic. In the James Cameron film it is based on him being in the control room, however some eyewitnesses noted him in the water after the Titanic sank. This is an unanswered question, other than Captain Smith was one of the many that died on 14th April 1912.
Why Were So Many Lost
The reason that so many people died in the Titanic disaster was because there were not enough life boats; the people in the lifeboats did not really believe it would sink until it started to slip beneath the waves.
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