THE CONCORDIA DISASTER  LIKE THE TITANIC DISASTER

The Titanic was a British luxury passenger liner that sank on April 14–15 1912, during its maiden voyage, killing a lot of passengers and ship personnel. The immediate cause of the Titanic’s sinking  was a collision with an iceberg. 

On the Titanic there were three passengers classes.

The first class had the saloon (designed for passengers wishing to spend time reading, playing cards, drinking tea or listening to orchestral music), the writing and reading room (mostly frequented by ladies who could meet at any hour of the day), the dining room (the largest area reserved for the first class, 35 meters long and 28 meters wide).

The second class had spaces that offered their passengers greater comfort than those of other ships. Families could stay in the same cabins, located in the center of the ship.

The third class was the worst, but it wasn’t bad. There were only two bathtubs for all third-class passengers aboard the ship.

The exact number of the people killed is unknown. However it is generally believed that of the 2,200 approximately passengers and crew members, some 1,500 people died when the ship sank.

The exact dynamics of the collision have never been fully clarified. What it is certain is that at 11:40 p.m. two people from the ship personnel saw a dark mass in front of the ship, which they recognized to be an iceberg. However, they failed to avoid it and the ship sank.

The temperature in the ocean was around 0° C and all the people who failed to get on a lifeboat died for hypothermia and not for drowning, since almost all of them wore life jackets.

Titanic [Edizione: Stati Uniti]: Amazon.it: Dicaprio/Winslet: Film e TVThese events are the base of the film “Titanic”, one of the films who has had the greatest number of Oscar awards.

It is a romantic film, that tells the story of Jack (Leonardo Di Caprio) and Rose (Kate Elizabeth Winslet), two passengers of the Titanic, who fell in love during the voyage, but when the Titanic sank Jack died.

I watched that film recenty, and, honestly, it isn’t as nice as they imply. I mean it is a good film, but quite overrated. However, I really like it, just not that much I expected.

A new disaster,  the Concordia disaster,  reminds me the Titanic disaster.  I was too young to remember it but on 13th of January I saw a special on tv. It was the 10th anniversary of the Costa Concordia Ship Disaster.

On 13th January 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia struck an underwater rock, and sank in shallow waters off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, resulting in 34 deaths: 27 passengers, 5 crew, and 2 members of the salvage team.

The ship had 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew members on board and it was sailing off Isola del Giglio on the night of 13 January 2012, having begun a planned seven-day cruise from Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy, to Savona and five other ports.

A subsequent investigation focused on shortcomings in the procedures followed by Costa Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, who left the ship prematurely. He left about 300 passengers on board, most of whom were rescued by helicopter or motorboats in the area. Schettino was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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