On April 14, 1912, the Titanic sank. It’s 109 years old and some of its myths are still intact. While it’s not the worst tragedy at sea, the RMS Titanic is the most famous shipwreck in international waters.
The cinema was also responsible for turning this breakdown into a myth. After all, human conscience and behavior left much to be desired. Alongside a love story that, true or not, served as a spice to further fuel the spread of the tragedy.
Remembering the history of the RMS Titanic
It is worth remembering that the Titanic sailed from Southampton, England on its maiden voyage to New York. In the middle of the voyage, a drifting iceberg hit the North Atlantic and sank within a few hours. The balance of tragedy consisted of 1,500 people who died, many of them due to the negligence and pride of the people. 75% of people traveling in third grade died because they were locked in so they couldn’t go on deck and save themselves.
One of the myths that still lingers and caused many deaths is that the ship was considered unsinkable. If viewed that way, why would they bring lifeboats for everyone? The myth that it was unsinkable has been twisted by a builder proverb. They said it was “practically unsinkable”. That means it could go down.
The myths that still exist
It is not known if it is true that his captain wanted to break the speed record in order to reach New York ahead of schedule. This is another myth. However, the Titanic was not equipped with better technology than other ships of the time, only the largest. Mauritania and Lusitania were much better equipped to break records and were competitive.
Getting the boat up to top speed was a mistake as it wasn’t the most technologically advanced and it’s another myth. The technical development of designers and builders was not the most advanced of the time. They relied on tried and tested construction methods and equipment that were found to be effective on other ships.
Experts compared the rudder of the Titanic with that of other ships of the time. Since Mauritania and Lusitania were much smaller than the Titanic, their oars were considerably larger. This explains why the ship took so long to turn when the collision with the iceberg was imminent.
A crew member with a specific story
However, there are also strange facts about the wreck of the Titanic, stories that barely played out. For example, there were 23 women on the legendary ship who were part of the crew. One of them, Violet Jessop, was from Argentina and was a top class stewardess.
Crew member Jessop survived the wreck of the Titanic and that of two other ships. In 1911 he was rescued in the accident of the Olympic Games, in 1912 he survived the wreck of the RMS Titanic and in 1916 he managed to escape the sinking of the British alive during the First World War.