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Why did so many people die when the Titanic sank

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Regan Snyder

on 8 May 2014

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Q: Why did so many people die when the Titanic sank?
The Titanic set sail on April 10 of 1912. While the ship made it’s way across the Atlantic, it was going fast because they were going for a speed record. When someone spotted the iceberg they were going much too fast to slow down. When a ship was traveling in an area where icebergs were reported, it should slow to no more than 3 or 4 knots, the Titanic was traveling at 20 knots. When the iceberg hit the side of the ship, some people thought they were not in danger and stayed in their cabins while others went frantically to the deck. The crew was given no instruction in the event of an emergency. It was a scrambled mess on deck.

There was not enough lifeboat space for all the passengers. The women and children were instructed to go first. Some women refused to leave their husbands and others were separated forever. Crew members sent some boats off half empty and some even with no people at all! One of the crew scoffed, “If we are sending boats away, they might as well put some people in them.” This is the result of lack of emergency planning and communication. They should have been proactive not reactive.
Passengers being loaded into life boats
Titanic Sinking
Now a days, ships take safety into much consideration.
In many cases safety was given up for luxury. For example they could have put their bulkheads high above the waterline to prevent flooding, but doing so would ruin many of the finest luxury features. Also they gave up extra lifeboats on the top deck for the first class could have an ocean view. Despite all the safety flaws people still thought the ship was “practically unsinkable”.

An interview with a survivor
The Titanic approaching the iceberg
So many people died when the Titanic sank because of the lack of safety plans and tools.
Building the Titanic
In the early 1900s, Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, more commonly known as the White Star line, created the monster ship Titanic. White Star bragged of how luxurious, large, and fast this new ship would be. There was no concern for safety because of the success White Star had with their ships in the past.
Setting Sail
Lack of Lifeboats
Deaths and Survivors
There was a total of 2229 passengers on the Titanic. Only 713 survived. 202 fist class survived, 118 second class, 178 third class, and 215 crew.
The Titanic by Nathan Aaseng
Iceberg Right Ahead, the tragedy of the Titanic
Google Drive
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