Edward John Smith say “Even God himself couldn’t sink this ship,” Foster said. So early 20th century society, especially in Sunday sermons, spun the disaster in religious terms — “you can’t cheat God in that way,” said Biel, author of the book “Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster.”
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Thomas Andrews It was he who delivered the shocking news to the captain that it was a mathematical certainty that the Titanic would sink, once he had found out that the ship was holed in five of its watertight compartments.
From the beginning, some blamed the Titanic’s skipper, Captain E.J. Smith , for sailing the massive ship at such a high speed (22 knots) through the iceberg-heavy waters of the North Atlantic. Some believed Smith was trying to better the crossing time of Titanic’s White Star sister ship, the Olympic.
Exhibit: Titanic Memorandum. “Not even God himself could sink this ship.” When the British ship Titanic steamed out of Southampton bound for New York on April 10, 1912, it was the largest and most sumptuous luxury liner that had ever sailed.
At 32 degrees , the iceberg was warmer than the water Titanic passengers fell into that night. The ocean waters were 28 degrees, below the freezing point but not frozen because of the water’s salt content.
In the end, 706 people survived the sinking of the Titanic .
A 100-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells a story about her voyage on the famous ship Titanic. She is sharing the story with her granddaughter, Lizzy Calvert, and a crew of men who are interested in the Titanic shipwreck.
The last living survivor of the Titanic, Millvina Dean , has died at the age of 97 in Southampton after catching pneumonia. As a two-month-old baby, Dean was the youngest passenger on board the giant liner when it sank on its maiden voyage with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.
1,503 people did not make it on to a lifeboat and were aboard Titanic when she sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. 705 people remained in the lifeboats until later that morning when they were rescued by RMS Carpathia.
After the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink, Hartley and his fellow band members started playing music to help keep the passengers calm as the crew loaded the lifeboats. Many of the survivors said that Hartley and the band continued to play until the very end.
In 1904, Smith became the commodore of the White Star Line, and was responsible for controlling its flagships. In 1912, he was the captain of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic , which struck an iceberg and sank on 15 April 1912; over 1,500 perished in the sinking, including Smith, who went down with the ship .
He rowed more than 40 people to safety but his great granddaughter, Sally Nilsson, believes the disaster blighted the rest of his life and “cartwheeled him to a very tragic end”. His marriage broke up, he became a heavy drinker and twice tried to kill himself, eventually ending up in jail for attempted murder.
Astor was the richest passenger aboard the RMS Titanic and was thought to be among the richest people in the world at that time with a net worth of roughly $87 million when he died (equivalent to $2.3 billion in 2019).
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Captain Smith ignored seven iceberg warnings from his crew and other ships. If he had called for the ship to slow down then maybe the Titanic disaster would not have happened. It is believed that Ismay put pressure on Captain Smith to maintain the speed of the ship.