Frankie asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

Why was the titanic sinking so significant?

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  • Fred
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    2 months ago
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    In 1912 ships at the size and luxury like the Titanic were still not overly common. France and Britain were in a competition for passengers going to a new life in America. Most of the revenue came from steerage passengers but most of the prestige which attracted the passengers to go on a ship was the opulence of the first class areas of the ship. Even steerage passengers felt good knowing they travelled to the new world on the more prestigious ship even though they would never see the first class area.

    Part of the significance of the sinking of the Titanic was the ship was said to be unsinkable so the ship carried only half the life boats needed to save all the people on the ship in event of it sinking. This was done as it freed up room for passengers to promenade (walk) along the deck with much less clutter and pleasing the first class passengers. The ship also had the latest Marconi spark gap radio but it was not maritime law for all radios to be manned 24 hours a day. The Titanic had 24 hour radio operation but the closest ship to them who could have successfully rescue them was the Californian but her radio operator had shut down for the night and gone to bed leaving no one to hear the SOS from Titanic begging some ship to come and rescue them. The Carpathia did receive the message but was 3 hours away and the captain ordered everything be done to raise the speed above the normal maximum speed the ship was built to steam by 2 knots. The Carpathia arrived 2 hours after Titanic sank so most of those in the water had died from hypothermia.

    The sinking of the Titanic caused a lot of anger around the world and as a result new laws were introduced which still are used today. All ships must now carry adequate lifeboats to save all people in board, and all ships must now have their radios monitored 24 hours a day. The Titanic was the first of these new very large ocean liners that sank and had been supposedly made in such a way as to make it unsinkable. Many very rich people were keen to sail on Titanic's maiden voyage, and many of the world's most influential businessmen stayed aboard the Titanic as it sank as it was women and children first into the lifeboats. The sad thing was that many lifeboats were sent off only half full. Many did not take it seriously that the ship was actually going to sink so many would not get into the life boats.

    The significance of the sinking was the fact at the time it was the largest number of deaths in a single ship sinking and likely is still one of the worst maritime disasters outside of war. It caused new maritime laws to be brought in including the minimum number of lifeboats for the number of passengers and crew, and the 24 hour monitoring of radios.

  • John P
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    2 months ago

    The ship had been declared "practically unsinkable" by its builders. Most people ignored the "practically".

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The largest mobile manmade object in the world (at the time) sinks.

  • 2 months ago

    it became synonymous because the titanic was supposed to be unsinkable . the very fact that it did sink on its maiden voyage and the circumstances leading to and after its demise has left its mark on humanity

    • Killmouseky
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      2 months agoReport

      NO ONE, not even the press, ever declared Titanic "unsinkable." That's the fallacy of suppressed evidence running rampant. The most optimistic comment called it "practically unsinkable."

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  • 2 months ago

    A lot of very rich people died.

  • Athena
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    2 months ago

    Good PR.

    The sister-ship sank almost as fast even with the improvements but it was not as romantic a story.

    • Killmouseky
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      2 months agoReport

      Britannic sank in the Aegean Sea after hitting a mine. It took about 55 minutes to sink. Only 30 of 1,065 people on board were killed. The water temperature was much higher, & there were 35 lifeboats compared to 20 on Titanic.

  • JonZ
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    2 months ago

    First, because it is a cautionary tale of being arrogant about technilogical advancement and man's invincibility. Second, it forced countries to improve safety and protections for people on ships - like having enough lifeboats for every passenger which the Titanic did not have.

  • 2 months ago

    The ship was showcased as a masterpiece and talked up quite a bit before it set sail. It made no sense that a ship so well built and a captain so well known (that was taking his last venter on that ship before retirement) would have met that end. Not to mention, there were ships all around the area and nobody came to help. Many people died unnecessarily.

  • patty
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    the biggest ship ever sinks. not enough life boats so many drowned.

    • Killmouseky
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      2 months agoReport

      John: Yes, "patty" exaggerates. However, Titanic WAS the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service.

  • 2 months ago

    People just like that movie

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