How much of a difference did the Titanic sinking really make to maritime safety?


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If it was his last crossing why take such a risk through the icefield at speed?
If it was his last run how does he get back home?
I edited my post to explain a little further but I guess we were posting at the same time. I understand the return leg was to be his last. I will check on that but I'm sure some of the others here know that off the top of their head. He made many runs thru ice fields. He probably didnt think it was any more risky than the other trips.
 

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Yes I have head captains do take a risk through icefield but only in clear visibility. In the pitch dark with no moon light and ship search light at speed, you can hardly call that clear visibility!
As Sir Ernest Shackleton said in the inquiry. You have no right to speed through a icefield!
 
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Well Ernest Shakleton is a personal hero of mine so I will bow to his wisdom in such matters. Thanks for posting that. I had forgotten about his testimony at the inquiries.
 
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I had not seen that thread before. I read thru the entire thread. Interesting. Thanks. I've read numerous books and seen many documentaries that all stated it...about his retirement. I guess I need to start reading some of the more older threads here as I don't recall reading anywhere else where that has been challenged. Thanks for the info.
 

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If it was his last crossing why take such a risk through the icefield at speed?
If it was his last run how does he get back home?
He was also going to Captain the Return Trip (at minimum). He took the risk out of operational complacency and lack of situational awareness, just like similar human factors led to AF447 slamming into the South Atlantic and killing more than 200 people because a trained, licensed pilot kept pulling up on the stick even though they were in a stall condition.
 

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