RMS Titanic: The Ship of Dreams
Yesterday marked the one hundred year anniversary since the RMS Titanic struck and ice burg, and her fate was sealed. The year was 1912. The time was approximately 11:40PM. Unbeknownst to the crew and passengers, their fate had also been sealed by this unexpected blow.
Newspapers called Titanic the ship of dreams and, for some, Titanic was a dream so real, and experience of refined luxury, beauty, and magnificence. However, no one would ever have dreamed that they would be witnesses and victims of this unsinkable ships fate.
On April 10th 1912, the Titanic was the largest ship afloat. The White Star Line Company had spared no expenses in assuring her magnificence. Newspapers advertised her as the ‘largest and finest steamer in the world’—the ship of dreams. Men, women and children were living in a floating hotel, and in the lap of luxury. But no one could have predicted that the ‘unsinkable’ ship would never make it to New York, and that she would never sail again.
Four days into her journey, on April 14th at 11:40 P.M, the Titanic struck an iceberg.It was obvious that there were not enough live boats to accommodate all of the passengers. Each passenger was issued a life jacket, however, life expectancy would be short due to the below freezing waters. Many people scrambled into the life boats….women and children first.
The sinking of the Titanic was a tragedy, 1,513 had died and only 711 lived. Throughout the voyage, the Titanic received 7 ice warnings, but Captain Smith figured that anything big enough to worry about would be seen in plenty of time to steer around it. The ship was moving at full speed about 22 knots—on a moonless night. Captain Smith tried his best to turn the ship as to avoid hitting the ice berg.
He nearly succeeded, but at the speed the ship was going, the captain’s efforts to turn the ship were in vain. This horrible circumstance could have been avoided, if Captain Smith had heeded the ice berg warnings. She was ‘unsinkable’, not even ‘God himself could sink her’.
I can only imagine what the passengers and even the captain were going through when they realized that the Titanic wasn’t ‘unsinkable'. It must have been a gut-wrenching feeling to know that there was a possibility of dying and never getting to see loved ones again. I can only guess the regret running through Captain Smith’s mind as he debated on what to do—he was playing with nature, he was taunting God’s ability and strength, and now the ship was going down. There certainly weren't enough life boats for everyone… enough for only 1,178! Sadly, that’s almost half of the people on board.
The great ship slowly slid beneath the waters two hours and forty minutes after the collision. Some of her passengers were asleep during the commotion, some third class passengers were trapped with no way to get out and others, who had jumped into the freezing water, were dragged under by the steamer’s strong suction.
Titanic was a marvel to a time where there were engineering advancements, but no one could have ever constructed a large enough or strong enough ship to withstand the ruthless, undaunted power of nature. I suppose the sinking of Titanic was a way to get people’s minds back into reality and back on God. The fate of the Titanic was in God’s hands, it obviously was his plan, but it’s just sad to think over half Titanic’s passengers had to suffer her fate as well.