100 Years Later, Titanic: What They Could Have Done Better

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Today the Titanic is a symbol of disaster, but the passengers and crew could’ve prevented that.

Today the Titanic is a symbol of disaster, but the passengers and crew could’ve prevented that.
 To begin with, the rivets used to join the steel plates on the ship were very cheap and had metals in them that they weren’t supposed to have. That meant when the ship scraped the iceberg the bolts popped off and the plates separated, letting in water. Also, portholes and doors were found open and that made the ship flood faster. Another mistake was that the Titanic had 3,547 people on board but only carried 16 lifeboats and 4 collapsible boats –enough for only 1,128 people. One building mistake that was made was that the bulkheads were only 10 feet above the waterline; if they had been higher they may not have filled up. The crew members needed to learn more about the ship because, they didn’t know that the cranes used to lower the lifeboats could hold a full boat, so the first lifeboats they sent out weren’t full. Another mistake a lot of people made was that if their lifeboats weren’t full they didn’t go back to get other people because they thought the Titanic’s suction was too strong (it really wasn’t strong at all.) Only one of the lifeboats was brave, and that was lifeboat 14: they went back and picked up many people. Although the Titanic had only 20 lifeboats it was originally going to have 64, but the number of lifeboats was reduced to make room for other things. Another big mistake that the captain made was telling the crew to put the ship at full speed, if they had been going slower they could’ve slowed down before they got too close to the iceberg. A crew member who wasn’t even on the ship had also made a huge mistake, David Blair who had been replaced as a ship’s officer at the last minute had taken the keys to the cabinet where the binoculars were. If the lookouts had the binoculars they could’ve seen the iceberg earlier, also 2 out of 7 iceberg warnings never reached the captain. A mistake that may or may not have affected the Titanic was also made: the Titanic’s launch had been set back 6 weeks because of repairs on the Olympic, it’s sister ship. If the Titanic was launched on time it might not have hit the iceberg. I think that it’s hard to believe that the Titanic wasn’t found for almost 75 years, and it’s amazing that so many people could’ve been saved if so many mistakes weren’t made that night.