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How the Titanic Became "Unsinkable"

Discussion in 'Titanic the Unsinkable' started by George Behe, Oct 29, 2002.

  1. Arun Vajpey

    Arun Vajpey Member

    That's true. The so called "unsinkability" of the Titanic was more of a public perception fuelled by advertisements and press statements and never an official claim or belief.
     
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  2. It would be interesting to read what was being said about the Lusitania and Mauretania regarding their "sinkability" in 1907.
     
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  3. Every ship with watertight compartments was stated to be unsinkable.
     
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  4. Mark Baber

    Mark Baber Moderator Member

  5. Mike Spooner

    Mike Spooner Member

    Unsinkable against what!
     
  6. Arun Vajpey

    Arun Vajpey Member

    As you can see, the statement in that article about the Cedric is that due to its 9 watertight compartments, it was "practically unsinkable". That word 'practically' makes the phrase just a figure of speech to denote how safe the ship was supposed to be in comparison with its predecessors and most contemporaries.

    For example, we all use the phrase "it is practically next door" to denote something that is quite close. It might be 20 miles away from the point of reference but that distance might be considered very close if one is looking at the bigger picture of that situation.
     
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  7. Mike Spooner

    Mike Spooner Member

    Yes the key word was practically as used by H&W who knew no ship is unsinkable. Too easy for the press media to drop that word to sell more newspapers!
     
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  8. Arun Vajpey

    Arun Vajpey Member

    That's right. Tabloids of those days were no better - probably worse - the present day ones to distort news for better sales figures.
     
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  9. Mike Spooner

    Mike Spooner Member

    What would be interesting to know if the bulkheads were capped off to prevent the water over spilling from bulkhead to the next. Would that of stopped the sinking of the ship? In other words the weight of water against buoyancy.
     
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