The White Star liner Titanic, the largest vessel afloat, fitted with all the comfort and luxury that money and modern invention could devise, and equipped with devices which her builders boasted made her “absolutely unsinkable”. The greatest precautions are taken on the modern ocean liners against disaster from collision. There are safeguards also against icebergs, the chief one being the submarine thermometer which notes any sudden change in temperature. This instrument will detect an iceberg ten miles distant, but on her maiden trip from Liverpool, while about 1000 miles southeast of Halifax and 500 miles south of Newfoundland, on Sunday night, April 14, collided with an iceberg, and four hours later sank to the bottom.

In response to her wireless message for help flashed to Cape Race, Newfoundland, and from there sent to all the neighboring stations and vessels, a number of steamers at once rushed to find it.

A film about this tragedy was also produced by James Cameron released in 1997 which tells the story of two boys named Jack and Rose who during this journey fall in love with each other and this film is very famous for the scene where the two are at the stern of the ship embraced and she exclaims the famous phrase: “Jack, I’m flying!”. And of course the crossing of this transatlantic is narrated which, departed from Southampton, once arrived off the Atlantic Ocean crashes into a gigantic iceberg and in just four hours it sinks completely, which caused many deaths and injuries including Jack, played by Leonardo di Caprio.

I decided to talk about this topic because a few days ago, it was the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy that cost the lives of more than 1500 people out of the 2223 on board. The sinking of the Titanic, which occurred on its maiden voyage, four days before its departure to America, was considered the most tragic shipwreck in history; in addition to the large number of deaths, the accident shocked public opinion because the liner had been declared unsinkable, one of the safest and most advanced ships ever built.

Investigations and the trial revealed that the crew had not been equipped with binoculars and telescopes, which would have prevented them from spotting the iceberg in time and avoiding it, partly because of the high speed at which they were travelling. Human error and a lack of suitable instruments. Or was it simply the hand of fate?

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