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Could the Titanic have been TIED to the iceberg that killed it as a stopgap bouyancy measure,buy time, w/the anchor chains(strongest lines)?

What would it have taken, what would they have had to do to get that close, bring the mooring cables along, how many and in what direction,,


It was 80% the mass of the ship, therefore 8% buoyant force/weight of the ship could have been transferred onto the berg and held afloat by it, as it died by the loss of 1 out of 16 compartments (6% average, and Smaller compartments at the front of the ship), that would have been sufficient to cancel out the problem, and again, the ultimate goal was to buy time for passengers to exit, and rescue ships to enter.

Update 2:

οικος, that would have been a problem, and as both the shoddy rivet design & the Titanic's shoddy steel would have both exacerbated it, but as the ship would now be holding still, and the bow; already damaged and little further harm can come to it, wouldn't make a difference if it did; is what would be tied to the berg. 

Update 3:

Starrysky & fuzzy, answer's easy enough, Titanic could have, even without doing so in a fast, extreme enough way to be dangerous,, started turning in a CIRCLE as soon as it passed the berg and while allowing itself to coast to a stop; & though I don't know her turning radius at that speed, it would surely be enough to bring itself a lot closer while slowing down; and used it's own momentum to clean up it's mistake, RETURNING to the berg at the correct direction & speed

Update 4:

(If that is too much & there's overshoot, repeat as needed,if too little,there'd still be a great deal of progress returning to the berg, only a small distance would need to be traveled to make up the remainder, even in it's condition, Titanic could've made it) Ships being destroyed by iceberg collision was a common enough occurrence for the time that this should have been An Established Procedure by 1912, no need for improvisation or explanation, just say "Code  _____" and go!

Update 5:

Tie it with Many chains, from many angles, to keep the load constant.

Update 6:

And use those two cargo crane arms at the bow to help!

7 Answers

  • fuzzy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    At cruising speed the titanic would take more than 2 miles to slow down. Even if the crew were set up with the necessary chains ropes etc & waiting to jump straight onto the iceberg as they hit how were they to fasten the ropes, chains etc to the ice in the few seconds before the ship moved on?

    Experiment for you. While riding your bike fairly quickly try tying a rope around a power pole as you pass it. 

    Turning round & going back- good luck with that, several miles to turn round. Remember no radar, black night, ship not handling as usual. Even if they had got back to the berg & managed to stop along side it close enough to tie up to it without hitting it hard enough to do even more damage, what are they going to tie to? Ice isn't steel or concrete & doesn't have convenient bollards built into it

  • 2 months ago

    NO!!!! they obviously did NOT see the iceberg and they were in sinking ship mode and NO!!! they could not tie to the f)(*&^g Iceberg. there

  • 2 months ago

    You pose a very interesting question. It certainly might have been a "what have we got to lose" and then again why not see if some of the passengers could have made it by being on the ice berg till ships arrived. I guess we will never know. 

  • 2 months ago

    The ship, with the mass of hundreds of rail locomotives, was moving at over 20 knots (about 24 mph) when it hit just a glancing blow into the iceberg.  Titanic moved on for miles after the collision before it came to a stop.  Typical of large ships.  Pretty impossible to back up and tie onto that large, irregularly shaped floating object.  And even if it was possible, what if the berg tilted or turned over?  Sounds dangerous.

    Better would have been to ferry more people over to shelter on the iceberg, but even that was very difficult.  Too far to row in the time allotted.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Ice is only 9% less dense than water. The weight of the titanic would have easily dragged it down.

    Source(s): You have no idea what size the iceberg was. And mass is not the same as weight. You are dumb.
  • 2 months ago

    The ship would have kept banging into the iceberg, punching more holes in itself and sinking faster. Aside from that, great idea.

  • 2 months ago

    Sure looked like they could have done that in the movie.  Even if the people had abandoned the ship and climbed on the iceberg they might have been better off.

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