Titanic: Iceberg

Between November 1911 and Titanic’s maiden voyage, twenty sailing craft from 100 to 300 tons had gone to the bottom off the shores of Newfoundland. It was a hard winter and in spring there was an unusually dense drift of ice past the island: over a thousand bergs moving as far south as the Grand Banks and into the shipping lanes. But as Richard Brown remarks: “There has only been one iceberg, and its history lasted for a minute”. 

Iceberg Warnings Radioed to RMS Titanic

iceberg.jpgTitanic was well warned of iceberg activity in her path: a cargo boat steaming in the opposite direction radioed a warning as it passed the giant liner on Saturday evening, April 13th. Around lunchtime the next day, Captain Smith acknowledged a message from Baltic, a fellow White Star liner, relaying a warning of large quantities of field ice observed by a Greek steamer. There was a message early on Sunday evening from Captain Lord of Californian, of the Leyland Line, to the Captain of Antillian locating three large bergs five miles south of the Leyland vessel. It was intercepted by Titanic before it was sent directly to the ship, which acknowledged it. However, a darker warning from Mesaba a couple of hours later, concerning heavy pack ice and many icebergs, was probably not delivered to a Titanic officer, and the message from Californian at 11.00p.m. reporting that she was stopped amidst ice was not relayed to the bridge of Titanic. It was not the Marconi operators’ job to do so.

The Titanic Collides with an Iceberg

Seconds too late, the two lookouts in Titanic’s crow’s-nest reported an iceberg dead ahead at 11.40pm. The liner swerved but too late to escape what seemed at first to be a close shave, then a glancing blow, and after Thomas Andrews’ expert inspection below, a serious collision whose effects he told Captain Smith would sink the ship within hours. The collision was heard and felt by passengers and crew variously as a grinding jar, a heavy wave, a rolling over a thousand marbles and the tearing of a long strip of calico. The iceberg slid past into the darkness and distance, but Titanic’s fate was already sealed.

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Does any one know the name of the iceburg??????
billy 10 February 2013
This should have never had happened. Nobody should have died on the Titianic that night. There should have been enough lifeboats to get them all out. And they should have steered the ship as hard as they could have to the right. But I fault whom ever was sailing the ship that night did not do a very good job unless they tried but not hard enough. It should have never happened. What was so sad about the Titianic is that this ship was comning to Americia and they never made it.
Donna 17 October 2012
I don't feel that it had anything to do with the building of the ship. I agree that it was human error. The messages were either not taken seriously or not received. But the biggest problem was that there wasn't enough lifeboats and that they were only half filled. The sinking probaly couldn't have been prevented, but the human loss could have been cut down or prevented.
Marcia 12 October 2012
the capitin shoud of got told by the crew memberts
james cole 26 September 2012
you shouldnt fight about this... the Titanic was a tradegy but it taught us a lesson for the future
we all know to listen to the warnings
yes if they let it hit it wouldnt have sank but it did.
at least the people died on the most famous ship
kiki 12 September 2012
First the people building the ship were not stupid, they were skilled workers and designers and made her as best she could have been made at the time. Few flaws were found in the tests that have been done since and to ,Sandra: I do not know who told you the people building the ship were really stupid, but it is not true and as an Irish person, I find that remark offensive. You need to do some research and find out the truth, before making such an uneducated comment.

Secondly, the brief article sums it up perfectly. Warnings were given and received, but the last warning was not taken to a senior officer as the wireless operator was busy with passenger messages and did not do his job. A combination of human error and natural conditions and mirage conditions that made the iceberg invisible until it was too late led to the accident and the sinking. More people could have been saved, but it is very hard to say if the accident could have been avoided. It is possible that nothing would have prevented it.
BanditQueen 10 August 2012
The Titanic had no flaws. The iceburg just put to much pressure on the ship. The Titanic was as strong as a ship could have been 100 years ago. It's a sad stroy but so many things could have been done to save more lives like filling the life boats that were only half full. Did you also relize that the ship dident capsize so she saved even more lives. God Bless the people who dident surrive.
Kare 09 May 2012
From what I understand, the people who built Titanic were actually really stupid. If not for all the flaws in the ship that were created when trying to make it more luxurious, then maybe the Titanic wouldn't have sunk.
Sandra 16 April 2012
That was so sad that everybody had died but sept one person that was still alive and that was so sad for that the
Sandy 10 April 2012
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