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The Sinking Of The Titanic In Dusk To Dawn By Dr. Paul J. Quinn

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The sinking of the luxurious Titanic was a traffic disaster that could have been avoided. Dr. Paul J Quinn stated in his book Dusk to Dawn " The Titanic had actually been designed to carry forty-eight lifeboats but was rejected because it made the deck look cluttered"(11). The sinking could have been avoided if the Titanic crew had not over estimated its strength, and had listened carefully to the warnings of numerous other ships, and if the crew managed the rescue efforts into the lifeboats correctly.
The Titanic held 2,200 people, yet it only held enough lifeboats for 1,100 people, which made the rescue efforts were not followed by procedure. The Titanic was originally designed to hold 48 lifeboats but the designer thought that all of the boats would make the deck look cluttered so it held only 16 lifeboats (Quinn 21). If there were going to be enough lifeboats, then they would have to sacrifice games and play area. So they decided to sacrifice safety for luxury. A knowledgeable writer Robert Ballard claims "… crewmembers helped only save the firs class people on the ship"(54). 53% of the first and second class was saved, but only 25% of the third class had survived. There was no consistency in loading the lifeboats because when they put them on the deck they only put them on one side of the boat. So a mans life depended on which side of the boat he was on. As the crewmembers loaded people on the rescue boats the women and childrenwere allowed to go first, but some of the crew jumped on these lifeboats as they were set off.
This tragedy could have been avoided if the crew had not over estimated the largest ship in the world, built by a work force of 17,000 people. The designers and crew overlooked many details on the ship knowing that if this ship had ever sunk that they would not be ready for the rescue. The Titanic was considered unsinkable by just about everyone, including Paul Smith the captain of the boat. The crew and the builders of this ship had considered no worries about the Titanic, so they were not fully planned for this destruction (Ballard 11). The radio...

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