Titanic Iceberg

By admin • Uncategorized • 29 Mar 2012

Apparently, before the fateful day of the gigantic RMS Titanic ship, there were many warnings of iceberg that were reported. More interestingly, between November 1911 and the Titanic maiden voyage in April 1912, 20 sailing crafts of about 100 to 300 tons in weight has sunk to the bottom off the shores of Newfoundland. This could have been known as a black spot by any ship Captain.  This location experience a hard winter and spring and unusually there were dense drifts of ice, which passed the island.

There were over a thousand bergs of ice, which moved as far as south and also in the Grand Banks some reaching the shipping lanes. By the Time and end of the journey of the Titanic maiden voyage, Titanic was well warned of the icebergs activity along its shipping lane. First, a cargo boat that was steaming in the opposite direction radioed a clear warning to Titanic as it passed and this was on Saturday evening 13th April 1912.

Secondly, on the next day 14th April around lunchtime, Edward Smith who was the Captain of the Titanic vessel reckoned a message from Baltic, which was also a sister liner from  White Star Liner company. Baltic reportedly relayed a warning of the presence of fields of ice, which were seen by a Greek steamer along the shipping pathways.

Another warning that was not initially meant for Titanic vessel but came across its signal coverage is that which was sent from Captain Lord of the Leyland line of California. This signal was sent to Captain of Antillian and was intercepted by Titanic before it was sent to the Antillian ship. This third warning was received on the 14th April Evening.

A fourth warning, which probably never reached the Titanic Captain was that from Mesaba some hours later after the second warning. The warning from Mesaba was intended to report that a heavy pack of ice and icebergs was within the shipping lanes. This however most likely was not delivered to the Titanic commander officer.

A fifth warning, which also may not have reached the RMS Titanic officer was that from Californian at about 11.00 pm on the 14th April 1912. According to these series of reports of icebergs, the Titanic Captain should have sensed that the day was unusual and should have cautionary made some efforts to be watchful of the shipping path. At 11.00pm that fateful eve night, Californian ship reported that she has stopped amidst ice. The fourth and fifth warnings probably did not reach the bridge of Titanic, though they were real threats to the Titanic shipping lanes and could have signaled yet another essential precaution for the Titanic Captain.

A few seconds and far too late, two lookouts in the RMS Titanic crow’s nest reported the dreadful iceberg ahead and this was at 11.40pm. The Titanic liner swerved to avert hitting the iceberg but all in vain. It was too late to escape. There was a close shave, a blowing glance, and after an inspection below by Thomas Andrew, and expert, the collision was very serious and he told Captain Edward Smith that Titanic would sink within a few hours.

The collision was heard and also felt by passengers. The iceberg that was hit by Titanic slip past into the dark but all in all, the fate of Titanic has already been sealed. On the night of collision, the waters were still and there was no moon. This meant it difficult to see the iceberg from a distance. The iceberg was unusual in that while most iceberg are white this one looked more of clear and this perhaps could have been caused by continuous melting.

The clear surface reflected the sky’s darkness and water appeared as a mirror. This made the iceberg to appear as a black object making it hard to see from a distance. Reports say that the iceberg was not very large and even it didn’t come as high as past the bridge of the Titanic ship. Some recent evidence show that about 12 square foot opening, the size of refrigerator, which was caused on the hull allowed water to get into the ship.

In essence, it is believed that a total of 6 iceberg warning were received by Titanic on the day of its fate and the operator could have ignored some of the warning. The operator is said to have been too busy transmitting passenger messages. It is also said that by the time of the crash, Titanic was cruising at 22.5knots, which is just 0.5knots to reach her maximum speed and this is one of the reasons why the Captain could not save the vessel from hitting the iceberg. In addition, the ship turned too fast thus hitting the iceberg and could it have moved ahead as it turned, it probably could have avoided the crash.

The iceberg that sank the Titanic in pictures

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