Captain Smith Should Be Held Responsible for the Loss of Lives. How Far Do You Agree with This Statement?

Topics: RMS Titanic, Harland and Wolff, White Star Line Pages: 4 (1443 words) Published: March 16, 2013
Captain Smith should be held responsible for the loss of lives. How far do you agree with this statement?

In the beginning of the 20th century, tensions were simmering. In Europe, people without wealth or any other privilege grew impatient and Ireland started planning a nationalist movement for independence from England. Travel kept developing more and more – it kept getting faster, easier and cheaper, although it was not always safe. In April 10th Titanic, begun its maiden voyage. Although the idea of building a luxurious ship for over 2,000 people was conceived in 1907, it was implemented two years after, handled by Harland and Wollf. It took 3 years and 3,000 men to build the ship and the final expenditure was $7.5 million dollars. This ship, which had been considered unsinkable, hit an iceberg which caused a great loss of life. Investigation of this tragedy begun right away and many people had been blamed. This essay has been dived into 4 parts, each dealing with different people. The first part focuses on building of the Titanic and it then goes to Captain Smith, the wireless operators and finally to the lookouts. When Titanic was built, it was considered to be the best; it had 16 watertight compartments, steel doors, and over 3 millions of rivets. Of course, now we know, that 3 millions of rivets were not enough to keep the hull plates from popping, when the ship hit the iceberg. New theories say, that the rivets were not the best quality, they had high degree of sulphur, which made the rivets less resistant to the cold water. This could lead to greater loss of life, which could be avoided if more money would be spent on the rivets. However, I do not blame the builders for sinking of the Titanic, because rivets used on the ship were standard in the early of the 20th century and it was not the only reason, why Titanic sank. While building the Titanic, Harland and Wolff gave the ship enough space to include 48 lifeboats, which was more than enough to...
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