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Would Titanic have made it safely to New York if Captain Edward Smith had been beached?

After ramming the cruiser HMS Hawke in 1911? And would the world be different--other than depriving Celine Dion of her greatest hit? Or are some things just meant to be? As maritime disasters go, Titanic is one of the biggies. But more passengers and crew (1400 vs 1200,) were killed when the Missisippi steamboat Sultana exploded in 1865.

Asked By: The Mad Political Scientist-AJ - 1/2/2008
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Ultimately, I'm not sure a different captain would have prevented the collision. The times were what they were, and any captain who wanted to keep his job would have bent to his boss.
Answered By: psyop6 - 1/2/2008
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I dont know about 1911 HMS Hwake.. But yes, somethings are meant to be. Titanic's problem was not the Captain, it was the ship itself. After being totted as Unsinkable, the ship became the greatest sea tragedy(one of them). Its was perhaps some unfit material in it... More
Answered By: TW K - 1/2/2008
 
Maybe, but there were so many things not taken into consideration on the Titanic that disaster was probably inevitable eventually. There were NO SEA TRIALS. When the ship was first launched, it almost sank other vessels in the harbor from the wake. The ID number of the vessel, when read upside-down and backwards read "... More
Answered By: Paul Hxyz - 1/2/2008
 
Unless whoever replaced him was equally incompetent. He violated the basic rules of testing new vehicles by not finding out how well it steered, how fast it would stop and believed the designer's hype. No new piece of equipment ever works as advertised and usually not as designed. And, because of that, he outran his... More
Answered By: balloon buster - 1/2/2008
 
The disaster could have been avoided no matter who was captain. Captain Smith foolishly attempted to please his boss that led to the disaster. Bruce Ismay, Managing Director of White Star, wanted to reach New York ahead of the scheduled arrival time. Although the Titanic was not the fastest ship at this time, the... More
Answered By: volusianis - 1/2/2008
 
Prior to Hiroshima, the worst man-made explosion occurred on December 6, 1917, at precisely 9:06 am in the town of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Two thousand people were killed, 9,000 were injured. Three hundred and twenty-five acres were destroyed. What caused this devastation... More
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Answered By: havefaith2wait - 1/2/2008
 
Edit: What did we do?^ ^ ^ ^ I looked it up and this is a fact of history. v v v v Of course Madpol. That type of screw up should never have been ignored. Celine Dion? Too many hits, too many disasters.Too much money. Would it have mattered. No
Answered By: Is this Mike on? - 1/2/2008
 
rivets used to put Titanic together had tensile strength of only 8,000 lbs (a mistake in formulation of rivet material) vs 14,000 they should have had. Too much slag was added to the rivet steel. Captain Smith did heed iceberg warnings and headed south where theoretically there should have been fewer icebergs. Perhaps... More
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Answered By: death from above - 1/2/2008
 
Things might have been different had Capt Smith been more experienced with maritme disasters. Also he was too deferential with Ismay, understandable up to a point considering he was head of the White Star line but the guy was a total idiot. Ismay urged Smith to speed so they could set a record for getting to NY fastest... More
Answered By: thisisme - 1/2/2008
 
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