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Since I mentioned it on another thread, I thought I'd note here that the 50th anniversary of the Bluebelle Incident is upon us. That was certainly a bizarre set of events with the inspiring story of a brave little girl who survived it all.
This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
Rememberance Day today - 11/11/11. Time to give a minute's silence in remembrance of all those who have fought and given their lives in conflicts around the world for the benefit of our generations, and for the purposes of this thread, notably those who have lost their lives at sea.
I read "Infamous disasters" on the board-description here, and since there wasn't one about the most infamous martime disaster in the world, I thought I should create one.
I first read about the Titanic when I was in school and the whole tale of the "unsinkable ship" going down with 2/3 of its passengers is just too good of a story to forget.
To the best of my knowledge the whole "unsinkable" thing is a myth. The White Star Line cut back on the number of lifeboats, because their presence would clutter up the promenade decks and "the ship would act as her own lifeboat", the argument being that she would stay afloat long enough for rescuers to reach her before she sank. This was an arrogant assumption to make because, very sensibly, all shipping except RMS Titanic seems to have laid up for the night when ice was encountered.
There was an article in, I believe, Shipbuilder magazine, as the ship was under construction, which contained the words practically or virtually unsinkable.
Then you had Captain Smith saying in an interview "I cannot conceive a situation which would cause a ship to founder. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that."
Much was made of the fact that the ship actually went above and beyond the requirements for lifeboats - the regulations of the day stated she must carry a minimum of 16, whereas Titanic was fitted with 20.
So while not quite going so far as to say the "God himself couldn't sink this ship" adage, it was advertised and therefore rumoured to be the safest ship going around. And ironically, it probably was as well.