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posted 9/22/2010 4:52:56 PM |
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  sugarnspice005

I was just reading this article about the Titanic, and found it interesting. I've been fascinated by Titanic's story for a while now. I'm no in depth researcher on it by any means..but I guess steering it in the wrong direction when the ice berg was spotted, and, if they had just stopped the ship, it may have taken longer for it to sink, thus increasing the odds of survival for it's passengers.

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PinkToeNails

Sep 22 @ 6:35PM  
Very interesting! I've always been interested in the Titanic too!

And speaking of Pigeon Forge attractions (RJ's blog) There is a Titanic attraction there of the Titanic... you get the name of an actual passenger who was aboard and at the end of the tour, you find out whether or not that person survived. Kinda eerie but pretty cool.
StraddleMyNose

Sep 22 @ 6:40PM  
This is interesting.
whisperingcomet

Sep 22 @ 6:57PM  
i saw that article also, but didnt really understand the part about it they had stopped the ship, it would not have sunk as quickly???
onehornytoad69

Sep 22 @ 8:04PM  
There is a Titanic attraction there of the Titanic.
Yeah I saw that....but we only had two nights to do things...!! Ran out of time!!
Gonna go back as soon as I can!! Lots to do in those parts!
I would love to learn more about it!! Love the Movies! But you know how Movies are...
Wordsofwit

Sep 22 @ 9:46PM  
I have seen many shows on this and also the Titanic exhibit...chilling, awesome, beyond description to explain. As I boil it down, there was an inexperienced junior officer calling the shots late that fateful night, the iceberg was inverted resulting in "black ice" (not visible at range to the naked eye). Also the ship wanted to set a speed record and charted a course for the shortest distance, despite warnings of icebergs far south of normal that year.
Wordsofwit

Sep 22 @ 10:01PM  
i saw that article also, but didnt really understand the part about it they had stopped the ship, it would not have sunk as quickly???

It didn't matter. The rip in the hull cut across too many compartments. She was doomed. No other vessels were around, they steamed hundreds of miles south to avoid the ice flows. In the programs that I watched, the story that was painted showed that the poor quality of steel was a a major factor in Titanic's demise. Though there is TMI on this ship, and it has been covered extensively since the movie, wreck discovered, and exhibit, here is a pretty good summation. It is kind of old hat now.

The sidebar is that she had two sister ships, who suffered ill fated ends.
somnium

Sep 23 @ 12:15AM  
Got in late tonight! This is not an in depth comment but another factor back then, was the metal used in ship construction back then! I've seen in a documentary that the steel back then, had too much sulfur impurities in its makeup! This caused the steel to become much more brittle than the steels we use today! Combine that with cold ocean water, which increased the steel's brittleness and you have a recipe for disaster anyway!

Supposedly, when the ship raked across the ice berg, the steel couldn't 'give' like the steels used today- rivets popped and the steel gave way quite easily with little if any resiliency because of its chemical makeup! Consequently, damage was more extensive than it might have been otherwise! Of course, steering the wrong way doesn't help and trying to stop a ship the size and weight of the Titanic, takes time and quite a bit of distance to 'stop'!

Just my 2ยข worth and then I might have some change coming back!


Wordsofwit

Sep 23 @ 12:29AM  
What ^^he ^^ said as I understand it, but he chose to explain, excellentlly I might add, in detail.
KitKat25

Sep 23 @ 1:15AM  
I've always loved the stories and movies about the Titanic. It's amazing how there always seems to be new discoveries about this big boat. This article was very interesting Sugar...as well as the comments made by WoW and Somnium. It all made for a very entertaining read.

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