The Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic sank on the wee hours of April 15, 1912
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Why Did The Titanic Sink?
The RMS Titanic was constructed to be the largest and most luxurious ship of its time. It measured 882 feet from the stern to the prow, 175 ft high, and weighed over 46,000 tons. The vessel was fitted with state-of-the-art technology, including wireless communication systems, elevators, and electrical control panels. Theoretically, the ship was deemed unsinkable. More than a century after the disaster, experts are still debating on the circumstances that doomed the ship. Some researchers blame Captain E.J. Smith for sailing at high speed through iceberg-heavy waters to beat the sister ship, the Olympic, leaving no time for emergency maneuvers. The wireless radio operator dismissed iceberg warning despite other ships reporting massive icebergs along the route. After the discovery of the wreckage in 1985, engineers discovered the rivets used were substandard. It was later revealed that the contractor had used substandard rivets to cut construction costs. The ship’s second officer was off duty and forgot to hand in the keys to the binocular room limiting the ability of the ship’s officers to spot icebergs in time. Regardless of what caused the ship to sink the massive loss of life would have been avoided had the ship carried enough boats for passengers and crew.