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Whose fault is it that the Titanic sunk?who do you think had the most responsibility on...

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demon300 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM via web

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Whose fault is it that the Titanic sunk?

who do you think had the most responsibility on why the titanic sunk

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boblinger | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:56 AM (Answer #21)

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the captain was the ultimate source of the titanic sinking. Even though it was not completly in control of the situation it was him making the wrong deccisions that lead to the ultimate down fall. not only did he decided to contiune on throught the night after being prewarned about the icebergs. He also thought it was non essential to warn the look outs to look out for the ice begrs which coukd have saved them. I also think they were thinking that it was a unsinkable ship which is why the took greater risk because they weren't expecting the worse to happen.

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aarushrao | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM (Answer #23)

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it was not the titanic's captain's fault.

The radio operator of titanic did not get the radio message properly and another thing is about the two people that captain smith had sent on the top of the ship to see for the icebergs, they were not able to see the icebergs properly and clearly because of the cold wind striking to heir eyes

and even Captain smith had asked the authorities to board some more lifeboats on the ship. He asked for 42 lifeboats while he was provided with onle18........

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noobcakes4603 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 1, 2012 at 6:01 AM (Answer #25)

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I blame the ice berg. 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 18, 2012 at 11:51 PM (Answer #2)

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While not oblivious to the big picture, I would put the blame for the sinking of the titanic on the captain.  I think there were other factors involved, but ultimately he was responsible for the safe navigation of the ship.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM (Answer #3)

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Despite the known threat of icebergs, the captain of the Titanic, Edward Smith, forged ahead on a dark night after charting a new course in the hope of avoiding the huge ice flows. Perhaps the biggest mistake was that the wireless messages received about the icebergs were not relayed to the bridge, since they were considered "non-essential" information.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 19, 2012 at 1:54 AM (Answer #4)

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The captain of the ship always bears ultimate and final responsibility. Aside from the trite nature of this comment, it does appear that the orders and conduct of Captain Smith were not reasonable or responsible in view of the circumstances he knew were in place that night. Different orders, leading to a different way of dealing with the ice and the poor visibility, may have resulted in a different outcome.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM (Answer #5)

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While I agree (and I don't think Smith would disagree) that the captain bears responsibility for the sinking, another way of looking at it is to ask who was responsible for the tremendous loss of life. This, I think, has to go down to the White Star Line, who equipped the ship with about half as many lifeboats as it needed in an emergency. On the other hand, Smith allowed several of the lifeboats to leave at far less than 1/2 capacity, a decision that resulted in many more lives lost than necessary.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 19, 2012 at 7:07 PM (Answer #6)

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I only answered the original question, but I 100% agree with your premise.  Whe the captain was responsible for the boat sinking, I believe the negligence of others was responsible for the incredible loss of life.  There would have certainly been casualties, but nowhere near the amount that actually occurred.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 19, 2012 at 9:21 PM (Answer #7)

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There were many elements and people that were involved in the disaster of the Titanic.  I do not think the blame can be entirely placed on one person.  Some will say that even the steal and the rivets used to build the Titanic were faulty.  Others would argue that since her sister ship, the Olympic, remained afloat with the same materials and the same design plans, there was no problem with either the design or the materials used.  The ship was simply not designed to hit an ice burg.  The water tight doors did not go high enough to prevent water from spilling over the top in such a major collision.  The passageways of the ship, for instance the long crew passage that ran the length of the ship, also allowed water to travel rapidly through the ship above the water tight doors and hasten the sinking.  

One might say that nature was even partically at fault.  Ice traveled farther south that year putting ice burgs in a usually ice free course.  The night the Titanic sank was reported to be calm and clear making the ice burgs harder to see.  

The crew certainly wasn't blameless.  The Titanic sped up even though the crew knew there were ice warnings.  In their defense, previous experience told them they had nothing to worry about.  The officers did try to port round the ship once it hit the burg, however they did not understand how slowly the new ship design would turn.  They simply were not (and perhaps could not be) fast enough.

The great tragedy of Titanic is the death of so many people.  We can blame this on human arrogance.  There were not enough life boats for each person on board despite the ship builders recommendations to include more boats.  Such a state of the art ship sinking simply wasn't something they thought possible.  The passengers themselves did not truly believe the Titanic would sink until it did.  Many of the passengers chose to return inside rather than wait for a life boat on deck.  The trip down the side of the larger boat into darkness and freezing water supported by a dingy and light ropes was simply too much for them.  

While the Titanic was a great tragedy, there were simply too many factors in its sinking to blame one person or one specific feature of the ship.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 20, 2012 at 4:29 AM (Answer #8)

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So many factors contributed to the loss of life that it's hard to pin fault on any one person or group. Certainly the captain exhibited terrible judgement, and there were definitely not enough lifeboats.

Another part of the blame apparently rests on the shipyard that built the Titanic. Much study has been done on the samples that Ballard retrieved from the Titanic's hull, and the ship's materials and design seem to have been a factor in the sinking of the unsinkable. Steel from the hull has been found to be of an inferior alloy and quite brittle, and rivets that held the plates together have a lot of slag incorporated into the metal, making them much weaker than they should have been. As a result the gash, which should have been able to be contained by closing waterproof compartments, resulted in major hull buckling, rendering the compartments useless and leading to the sinking of the boat.

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giorgiosdm | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted April 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM (Answer #9)

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I honesty wouldn't put the full blame on the captain, as there was no full way to navigate around the iceberg without having some contact, but at the same time, He should of been watching from a distance to make the call on whether to alter the route.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 21, 2012 at 3:26 AM (Answer #11)

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Few things are destined to happen but from the worldy point of view, it is always the captain's responsibility ultimately - The manufacturer not making the vessel safe & strong enough, the shipping company not providing enough life boats, the navigator not doing his job or what so ever.

Many lessons might have been learnt but at the cost of so many lives.

I don't think that someone will blame God for it if s/he is a believer - If He created and gave life to a person, He can take it back the way he likes it as a right, and for a non-believer He does not exist. Don't we make and then break things we have made at our own free will?

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mik3l | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 23, 2012 at 12:42 AM (Answer #12)

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the captian and the iceberg

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tml93 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 23, 2012 at 5:17 AM (Answer #13)

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The sinking of the Titanic could be blamed on many different people. The captain kept the ship going at about 22 knots after receiving warnings about icebergs. The crew holds some responsibility along with the makers of the ship. The radio operators on the Titanic were preoccupied sending personal telegraphs for passengers. One of the radio operators aboard the Titanic even told another ship's operator to "shut up" after they sent an iceberg warning. The blame blame for the massive loss of life could be put on multiple things too. For instance many of the lifeboats were not filled to capacity. Lifeboat 1 only had 12 people on it even though it had a capacity of 40. Lifeboat 7 carried 24 people even though it had a capacity of 65. Also another ship the SS Californian was about 20 miles from the Titanic but yet it did not respond to the Titanc's distress calls and crew from the Californian reported seeing "rockets" fired from the Titanic.

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jk3246 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM (Answer #14)

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I would put the blame for the sinking of the titanic on the captain. Another part of the blame apparently rests on the shipyard that built the Titanic.

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rowdywilson | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM (Answer #15)

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I believe the captins fault for not watching where he was going. He should have been fully aware of what was going on. But I believe since they said "God himself can not sink this ship" that God placed that iceberg there, and that is his own way of destroying it! Becareful what you say, because karma isn't the nicest person to mess with. The captin was a good captin and he went down with his ship.

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timelord-district12 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM (Answer #16)

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Honestly, I place partial blame on the capitan and the rest of the blame on whoever was in charge of making sure the bost was safe. The captian insisted that Titanic move full speed ahead so that it could arrive in New York before they were scheduled to arrive. Despite iceburg warnings, the captain ordered full speed.

I place the rest of the blame on the people who decided not to stock the ship with the proper amounts of lifeboats/ safety equipment. It is there fault that the majority of the people on the Titanic died because they could not get in a lifeboat.

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thisuserhasmadeabadusername | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM (Answer #17)

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There are too many factors to put the blame on one individual.

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vmoriarity | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 25, 2012 at 1:14 PM (Answer #18)

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The ultimate responsibility lies with Captain Edwar Smith, as unfair as that may seem.  His lackadaisical response to the iceberg warnings resulted in the collision.  There were, however, many other parties who contributed to this catastrophe:  First, the telegraph operators ignored the warnings after a time.  Second, the White Star Lines failed to equip the ship with enough lifeboats to save all passengers.  Finally, the overall arrogance of the media played into everyone's belief the Titanic was unsinkable.

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bluenose20 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM (Answer #19)

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I believe the fault, even if it is not entirely for the sinking, lies with Stanley Lord. He was captain of the SS californian, a boat situated close enough to the titanic ship to come and rescue the people. He failed to do thhis because he switched off his radio and clocked off early, going to bed, when he later saw what were the flares he siply said in an interview "i thought they were fireworks. I thought a ship was having a party". All he needed to do was switch on his radio to double check or see what they were, then he would have heard the distress calls and it i believed that all the passengers woud have survived. Also crew men on previous shifts clockked off with the key to the cabinet which held the telescopes- some believe that with these they could hve seen th iceberg or at least had more chance. :)

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM (Answer #20)

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I believe the fault, even if it is not entirely for the sinking, lies with Stanley Lord. He was captain of the SS californian, a boat situated close enough to the titanic ship to come and rescue the people. He failed to do thhis because he switched off his radio and clocked off early, going to bed, when he later saw what were the flares he siply said in an interview "i thought they were fireworks. I thought a ship was having a party". All he needed to do was switch on his radio to double check or see what they were, then he would have heard the distress calls and it i believed that all the passengers woud have survived. Also crew men on previous shifts clockked off with the key to the cabinet which held the telescopes- some believe that with these they could hve seen th iceberg or at least had more chance. :)

Stanley Lord had nothing to do with the sinking - Titanic would have sunk anyway due to captains fault. Stanley could be blamed only for NOT saving the lives of people aboard and reducing the loss of human life and thjat's how the desiny plays its role.

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mburkie | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:59 PM (Answer #22)

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I have heard it was Captain Stanley Lord.  Some people also believe it was the ship builders because the rivets were sub-standard iron. But these are my opinions and what I have heard. There are many theories on the question.

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becca1457 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM (Answer #27)

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It can be The Captains fault but then again it's not ultimetly his fault, because he was trying his best to turn the ship away from the iceberg from preventing it to colapse against it; So basically it's no ones fault.

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jwkiller | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 8, 2012 at 4:34 AM (Answer #28)

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I honesty wouldn't put the full blame on the captain, as there was no full way to navigate around the iceberg without having some contact, but at the same time, He should of been watching from a distance to make the call on whether to alter the route. He sould have been smarter. Too bad. Not a smart captain.

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harleyrm | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted June 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM (Answer #30)

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It was mostly the captain's fault because he was the one in charge of keeping the passengers safe.

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