Who’s fault was it that the Titanic sunk?





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25 Answers to “Who’s fault was it that the Titanic sunk?”

  1. compsac says:

    the ice, the captain, the radio operator, the officer on deck at the time, the lookout, whoever didn’t give the lookout binoculars, the white star line, the designer, the construction crew, the steel, the shipping regulations that allowed them to travel without enough lifeboats, the weather, the moon (for being absent), the wind (for the calm weather), the cold water (for causing the steel to be weakened)…I could go on. It is hard to assign blame for something like this. It really was a series of events that all lead to tragedy.

  2. attorned says:

    Al Gore, because he didn’t invent either the internet or global warming soon enough.

  3. therapy's says:

    Blame the Jews. It was fashionable at the time.It wasn’t the Jews, it was an Iceberg.Goldberg, Rosenberg, Eisberg – it’s all the same.

  4. tally's says:

    - Captain- Peoples ignorance in general (‘titanic can’t sink’ and ‘they must be having a party’)- God- Big huge iceberg

  5. unmirrored says:

    The fault is with the designers of the Titanic who decided to leave a space between the watertight bulkheads and the deck head that allowed water to pour into each compartment

  6. vidattr says:

    1. Captain E. J. Smith: this was his retirement trip, so he was not as diligent heeding warnings. Seven crews of the ship warned him of the approaching iceberg; other ships had also warned him of his too fast approach to the iceberge. Had he heeded those warnings, and slowed down the ship, the disaster would not have happened.2. The builders of Titanic: they used about 3 million iron rivets to hold the ship together. After the disaster, these rivets were analyzed and the finding was that they were made of sub-standard iron to keep costs low. The impact with the iceberg made the tips of the rivets to break, and make sections of the ship to come apart. If the good quality iron rivets were used instead, this tragedy would’ve been averted.3. Bruce Ismay: the Managing Director of the White Star Line aboard the Titanic wanted to show that Titanic could made a six day crossing to beat the fierce competition for Atlantic passengers from other liners. To meet this schedule the Titanic could not afford to slow down. It is believed that Ismay put pressure on Captain Smith to maintain the speed of the ship. If he had not interfered, and the ship had slowed down as a result of numerous warning of an iceberg ahead, this disaster would not have happened.4. Thomas Andrews, the ship’s architect: the belief that the ship was unsinkable was, in part, due to the fact that the Titanic had sixteen watertight compartments. However, the compartments did not reach as high as they should have done. The White Star Line did not want them to go all the way up because this would have reduced living space in first class. If Mr Andrews, the ship’s architect, had insisted on making them the correct height then maybe the Titanic would not have sunk. 5. The final iceberg warning sent to Titanic was from the Californian. Captained by Stanley Lord, she had stopped for the night about 19 miles north of Titanic. At around 11.15, Californian’s radio operator turned off the radio and went to bed. Sometime after midnight the crew on watch reported seeing rockets being fired into the sky from a big liner. Captain Lord was informed but it was concluded that the ship was having a party. No action was taken by the Californian. If the Californian had turned on the radio she would have heard the distress messages from Titanic and would have been able to reach the ship in time to save all passengers.

  7. inexhaustibly says:

    The primary blame has to be attributed to the fact that the captain did not slow down despite warnings about icebergs. He was determined to reach New York “on time”. Secondary blame can be put on the builders having resorted to inferior rivets in order to not delay launch (the high-quality rivets had “run out” and there would have been a substantial delay waiting for more). Therefore, readily available low-quality rivets were used in order to finish on time. Further blame can be put on the designers, who failed to have the water-tight bulkheads run all the way up, forming an air-tight “box”. Thus, once the ship had sunk and listed sufficiently, the water ran over the top into the next section.

  8. opisthenar says:

    Some might say the Irish for the crap design, some might say the staff on-board the boat for not seeing the iceberg sooner.

  9. reticulates says:

    The captain.Any time any ship goes down for any reason whatsoever, the captain is always held accountable.

  10. Hegelianism says:

    Too many political fingers in the pot, speed at all costs, ignorance of common sense and risk assessment, downright criminal actions and complete disregard for safety, after allowing for the primitive (by to days standards)navigation systems

  11. oceanography says:

    There’s quite a bit of controversy about this, but the general consensus is that it was Captain Smith himself, with an “assist” from First Officer Murdoch, who was in command of the bridge when the iceberg was struck. Captain Smith:Failed to heed any of the ice warnings the ship received all through the day of the 14th.(There’s some question whether the last warning, which pinpointed the ice field as being directly on the ship’ path, ever reached the bridgeOnly made feeble reference to the weather and sea conditions–He told 2nd Officer Lightoller, who preceded Murdoch on the bridge,that if there were the slightest haze, speed should be reduced. In fact,when the collision happened, the Titanic was making 22 knots,, the greatest speed of the voyage. At that speed the ship would rrequirealmost a mile to stop, and also would require about 600 feet to begin to turnFailed to hold a lifeboat drill during the voyage,and also failed to make duty assignments for the boats. This meant that the loading, lowering, and manning of the boats was rather haphazard, In fact, a passenger Arthur Godfrey Peuchen, who had some yachting experience, joined one lifeboat as a crewman.Murdoch, who was in command, swung the helm over, which resulted in the ship being damaged for a third of its length, and also having a full starboard to port section otf the double hull ripped out when she “grounded” on the iceberg. Had he kept her on course, she would struck head on, and while this would have certainly led to the death of the crewmen in the crew’s quarters in the bow, the ship would have not sunk, and could complet the voyage.Had a part in not supplying the lookouts with binoculars, which they had requested, and which would have enabled the ice to be seen at a greater distance so the collision would not have happened.

  12. overarousal says:

    the design or them not seeing the ice burg

  13. mellivorous says:

    Well, while it is well known that it hit a very large iceberg; nevertheless it would’ve survived the impact were it not for the fault of the following people, each with their own agenda which led to the ultimate disaster:1. Captain E. J. Smith: this was his retirement trip, so he was not as diligent heeding warnings. Seven crews of the ship warned him of the approaching iceberg; other ships had also warned him of his too fast approach to the iceberge. Had he heeded those warnings, and slowed down the ship, the disaster would not have happened.2. The builders of Titanic: they used about 3 million iron rivets to hold the ship together. After the disaster, these rivets were analyzed and the finding was that they were made of sub-standard iron to keep costs low. The impact with the iceberg made the tips of the rivets to break, and make sections of the ship to come apart. If the good quality iron rivets were used instead, this tragedy would’ve been averted.3. Bruce Ismay: the Managing Director of the White Star Line aboard the Titanic wanted to show that Titanic could made a six day crossing to beat the fierce competition for Atlantic passengers from other liners. To meet this schedule the Titanic could not afford to slow down. It is believed that Ismay put pressure on Captain Smith to maintain the speed of the ship. If he had not interfered, and the ship had slowed down as a result of numerous warning of an iceberg ahead, this disaster would not have happened.4. Thomas Andrews, the ship’s architect: the belief that the ship was unsinkable was, in part, due to the fact that the Titanic had sixteen watertight compartments. However, the compartments did not reach as high as they should have done. The White Star Line did not want them to go all the way up because this would have reduced living space in first class. If Mr Andrews, the ship’s architect, had insisted on making them the correct height then maybe the Titanic would not have sunk. 5. The final iceberg warning sent to Titanic was from the Californian. Captained by Stanley Lord, she had stopped for the night about 19 miles north of Titanic. At around 11.15, Californian’s radio operator turned off the radio and went to bed. Sometime after midnight the crew on watch reported seeing rockets being fired into the sky from a big liner. Captain Lord was informed but it was concluded that the ship was having a party. No action was taken by the Californian. If the Californian had turned on the radio she would have heard the distress messages from Titanic and would have been able to reach the ship in time to save all passengers.

  14. gerard says:

    The Titanic sinking was an accident that was not one person’s fault however it was the fault of many minor overlooked issues and wrong choices.The RMS Titanic was an Olympic-class passenger liner owned by British shipping company White Star Line.The weather was one factor. On the night of Sunday, 14 April 1912, the temperature had dropped to near freezing and the ocean was calm. The moon was not visible and the sky was clear.Captain Smith, in response to iceberg warnings received via wireless over the preceding few days, altered the Titanic’s course slightly to the south.That Sunday at 13:45, a message from the steamer Amerika warned that large icebergs lay in the Titanic’s path, but as Jack Phillips and Harold Bride, the Marconi wireless radio operators, were employed by Marconi and paid to relay messages to and from the passengers, they were not focused on relaying such “non-essential” ice messages to the bridge.Later that evening, another report of numerous large icebergs, this time from the Mesaba, also failed to reach the bridge.At 23:40, while sailing about 400 miles south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, lookouts Fredrick Fleet and Reginald Lee spotted a large iceberg directly ahead of the ship. Fleet sounded the ship’s bell three times and telephoned the bridge exclaiming, “Iceberg, right ahead!”. First Officer Murdoch gave the order “hard-a-starboard”, using the traditional tiller order for an abrupt turn to port (left), and the engines to be put in full reverse (although a survivor from the engine room testified that, as he recalled, the indicator of the telegraph had moved to “stop”, and only after the impact).One of the reasons to why there was such a high casualty rate was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship did not carry enough lifeboats for everyone aboard. The ship had a total lifeboat capacity of 1,178 people, although her capacity was 3,547. A disproportionate number of men died due to the women-and-children-first protocol that was followed.

  15. RIMENet says:

    i would say not really anyones tbh!i mean the watchmen people could have been paying more attention (thats what its like in the titanic film), but no one really knows who fault it was. i dont think.:) xx

  16. fluidible says:

    It could be blamed on the captain, who was under pressure to set an Atlantic crossing record on the ship’s maiden voyage.You could blame the owners of the company, who put that kind of pressure on the captain.Some blame could be placed on the engineers who decided that the water tight compartments did not need to go all the way to the top of the hull, as was originally designed. As one compartment filled and spilled over, water was allowed to fill the next compartment, and so on until the weight of the water dragged the ship down.For your essay, YOU will have to come up with the names of the captain, the company, the company bigwigs who pressured the cabin, the engineers who built the ship and the designer.Good luck.

  17. phoenixlike says:

    Ultimately, Captain Smith. He was going too fast, and ignored ice warnings. He may have been under pressure from the owners, but at the end of the day, he was in command.

  18. overdelicacy says:

    Some say it was Osama Bin Laden, but I say it was the US. government.Oh come on, at least one TU for humour please!(thanks)

  19. superperfect says:

    It was the iceburg’s fault…now, maybe your essay should be about who’s to blame for the deaths of the passengers. Ships sink, but how do we save lives if that happens?

  20. tavern's says:

    it was the iceberg’s fault.

  21. penninervate says:

    When a ship sinks, it is usually held that the Captain is responsible, if he could have prevented it. Since they were running at full speed at night when they knew icebergs were around, I think that is your answer.

  22. romblon says:

    Hitler’s. He is the cause of evil every since the beginning of the Universe.

  23. quarterly says:

    Hollywood. The writers and directors needed an idea for a movie.

  24. MAYRA says:

    The Captains for not heeding the iceberg warnings and refusing to take a more southerly passage

  25. foulser says:

    mine, i’m an iceburg