Sunday, April 15, 2012

In Memoriam - the RMS Titanic (1912-2012)

April 15 1912, the unsinkable... sank. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred 640km off the coast of Newfoundland. Out of the 2227 or so passengers on board (no definitive list of passengers), about 710 survived the tragedy. Due to outdated maritime laws, she only had enough lifeboats to carry 1,178 people, which is about 53% of her total passengers on board.
The RMS Titanic leaving Southampton on April 10, 1912 - image from Wikipedia.

Most of the survivors come from those traveling in 1st class. About 62% of the 1st class passengers made it, whilst approximately 43% of the 2nd class passengers survived. Only 26% of the 3rd class passengers were saved from the incident! None of the ship musicians made it. Lessons learnt from this tragedy:
  1. Nothing is unsinkable, even space shuttles explode.
  2. Travel first class...better chance of survival.
  3. Never be a ship musician...You go down like Nero. They were the unsung heroes on board the ship.

An important outcome from this tragedy was the establishment in 1914 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which governs maritime safety up till today.

May they all rest in peace. Requiem aeternam, dona eis requiem aeternam.