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Could people have survived the titanic if the captain was more careful?

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January 16, 2018 11:44PM

Captain Smith of Titanic was following protocol at the time and

even, after receiving numerous ice warnings, he ordered a more

southerly course to avoid the reported icefields.

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January 16, 2018 11:48AM

Yes, obviously, but you have to understand the pressure put on

the RMS Titanic Captain, Edward John Smith to get to the USA in

record time. It is so easy to use the captain as a scapegoat. I

watched a TV documentary last year (?), that analysed why the crew

on watch didn't see the iceberg in time. The documentary went into

great detail about what the watch could actually see, looking ahead

into the dark, with even a huge iceberg ahead. It was very

interesting and informative, unfortunately I can't recall the

details to find the documentary again!

If the Titanic had had all the modern navigation and satellite

communication aids modern ships carry today, then the disaster

probably wouldn't have happened. I say 'probably' because even

modern ships can come to grief - call it human nature, negligence,

or whatever! The sea can be very unforgiving at times!

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