One hundred years ago today, the Titanic, the largest boat in the water at the time, and unsinkable by design, ran into an iceberg and sank. Many died on board because of insufficient safety equipment.
A majority of first and second class children survived the sinking, but only 34% of the third class children lived. Almost all of the first class women and 86% of the second class women lived, but under half of the third class women survived. For men, 33% of the first class, 8% of the second calass, and 16% of the third class survived. Among crew, 87% of the women survived, but only 22% of the men.
Perhaps the Titanic can be worked into the themes of this year’s #Occupy movement?
And here, for your viewing pleasure, is an animated reconstruction of the Titanic sinking:
Note: Recently, it has been said that it was not true that the “Titanic” was ever billed as “Unsinkable.” It is said that the builders and owners called the Titanic “Virtually Unsinkable.”
“Virtual” means “in real life” (or at least it did then) but in a vernacular way, it means “really, truly” so perhaps when they said “The Titanic is Unsinkable” they meant “The Titanic is actually unsinkable in real life” or perhaps they meant “The Titanic is really really unsinkable.” Virtually can also mean “Almost, as though it was 100%” so perhaps they meant “The Titanic is as close to100% unsinkable as anyone is willing to say.”
Either way, the “myth” that it is a “myth” that the Titanic was called “unsinkable” is invalid.