Written by Rise & Shine on April 14, 2021
It was on this day in History that over 1500 passengers aboard the RMS Titanic enjoyed their final hours. The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on her maiden voyage on April 10th, 1912. Her destination was New York, New York carrying 2,200 passengers and crew, over 3,300 bags of mail, tons of food and beverages, 5 grand pianos, and 2 motor vehicles.
It would be in the late hours this evening, on a calm-dark-cold and moonless night when the call “Iceberg, Right ahead” was sent from the crow’s nest to the bridge. However, there was not enough time to avoid the iceberg dead ahead and instead, the ship side-swiped the iceberg, popping out the ribbits and creating a rip through 5 of the water tight compartments. Titanic was only designed though to stay afloat if 4 were impacted, in addition, the water tight compartments did not extend to the top of the ship.
Crews were then instructed to began loading women and children into the lifeboats, which introduced another problem. There wasn’t enough lifeboats to save everyone on board. Approximately 700 out of 2,200 people survived the sinking. Most were of the wealthy first class passengers.
Since the sinking, new rules have been implemented that you’ll find today. For instance, every passenger liner must have enough lifeboats to safety carry everyone on board. Before sailing to sea, safety instructions are given to all passengers, no exception. And after the sinking, ships of the day were structurally strengthen and watertight compartments were extended throughout the ship.