Who's to Blame?

By: Dylan Kuhn

Captain Smith

Edward John Smith, 62, was the captain of the R.M.S Titanic. As captain of this massive ship, his responsibilities were vast. Ranging from communications management to maintaining the safety of the passengers and crew alike. Sadly, Smith didn't fulfill his duties, and went down with the ship.

The Structure and Social Classes

The Titanic was huge, to say the least. Taking nearly 3 million rivets to bolt it's 882 foot long hull. With fifteen watertight compartments earned this ships unsinkable title. The ship also held four different social classes. First class, who's living space and recreational space were much nicer than the third and second class, second class; which held the average working class. Third class held immigrants looking for a new life in America, and finally the manual workers, which worked in the boiler rooms.

Disaster and Rescue

In the early ours of April 14, 1912; disaster struck the Wonder Ship. The Titanic had struck a huge iceberg, causing a 300 ft gash in the hull of the ship. Passengers hurried to scene only to find chunks of ice that had fallen onto the deck. Rather than fleeing to lifeboats, the passengers threw snowballs at each other, all while the ship was slowly sinking. When it finally became apparent that the ship was going under, the passengers feverishly rushed to the lifeboats.

The Blame

In my opinion Captain Smith's errors, such as him ignoring seven iceberg warnings from other ships farther along the Titanic's route, caused the ship's tragic demise. Another factor that could have contributed to the sinking of the Titanic was that Smith's trip was his retirement trip. To earn his retirement, Smith had to reach New York in record time. This caused him to rush, making him much less cautious.