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Titanic, the Big Question

The Fateful Journey 

On Wednesday, 10 April 1912, the Titanic began her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, bound for New York. She made two port calls taking on passengers in Cherbourg, France and Queenstown (Cobh), County Cork, Ireland. Four days later, approximately 400 miles south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Frederick Fleet, lookout on the Titanic, spotted a large iceberg directly in the path of the ship. The time was 23:40. The alarm was sounded and evasive action was taken, but a collision with the iceberg resulted in serious damage to the starboard side of the ship. Water poured in and flooded five of the watertight compartments, causing the Titanic’s bulkhead to dip below the waterline. At 02:20 the icy sea claimed the ‘unsinkable’ ship as another victim.

The Question 

When news broke of the sinking of the Titanic, the question on everyone’s lips was, ‘Whose fault is it?’ When it emerged that over 1500 people were lost, the same question was asked. At the enquiry established to investigate the tragedy, this question was top of the agenda. People are still asking, ‘Whose fault was it?’ Many have suggested that responsibility for the sinking of the ship and the resultant loss of so many lives lay with some or all of the following:
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