"Just reflecting on that a bit tonight, it kind of takes my breath away.Really think about it, and consider the scope of that disaster. You realize how the changing of such minor, yet pivotal factors, could have saved so many lives.37 seconds between the time that the iceberg was spotted and the time of the collision. Had they decided to keep their course, the bow, stronger than the hull, may have been less affected. It would certainly have prevented the holes that allowed water to seep into five of the watertight compartments, one more than would have allowed to stay afloat.
Had Bruce Ismay not been so determined to make headlines, Edward Smith would never have had all the boilers lit and the Titanic would have had more time to avoid the iceberg.
Had the world not been so sure of the fact that Titanic was unsinkable, there would have been more lifeboats aboard. And even with the amount there were, enough for half the ship’s passengers, had they been launched at full capacity, many more lives would have been saved.Watching the movie today was also incredibly moving, and I’m glad I waited until tonight to see it in theatres. Despite the fact that Jack and Rose’s love story is an invented one, throughout the three hours and sixteen minutes, the truth of the wreck can sink in. Those 1517 people really perished. Their families were torn apart. People died horrible, horrible deaths. Small children were reassured by their parents who knew what their fate would be. Third class passengers weren’t even given the chance to get out on deck because of the locked gates that impeded them. IMAX was incredible. To see the tons of water rushing towards you and to feel the theatre shake as the boat split in half was terrifying. I cry every time I watch Titanic, but this was different. The reality of it truly shocked me, and it was horrible. So tonight, we reflect and remember all those who lost their lives in this horrible disaster, the worst nautical disaster that the world has ever seen. May you rest in peace."
- wouldn’t it be lovely?: 100 years ago today, 1517 people lost their lives when the RMS Titanic sank at 2:20 am.