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Glacier That Made Titanic Sink Moving Fast

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:51 PM

The speedy melting of Greenland ice sheet has caused the Greenland Glacier to move into sea faster by four times than it was in the 1960s. The speed is expected to increase by 10 times by the end of this century.

The Greenland glacier is the one, which was believed to form the iceberg that had caused the luxurious Titanic to sink in 1912. At present, the moving speed of Jakobshavn glacier located in the South-West of Greenland is the fastest in the world.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:44 PM

About six feet an hour, then?

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:59 PM

The Berg that sunk Titanic could have been avoided,if the Owner had not ordered the Captain to go full speed to try and gain the coveted Blue Riband, in a sea filled with Bergs. How stupid was that.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:21 AM

View Postspud the mackem, on 04 February 2014 - 09:59 PM, said:

The Berg that sunk Titanic could have been avoided,if the Owner had not ordered the Captain to go full speed to try and gain the coveted Blue Riband, in a sea filled with Bergs. How stupid was that.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:19 AM

RMS Titanic couldn't have snagged the Blue Riband  even if EJ Smith got out, walked on water and pushed.

Didn't have the speed.

Built for luxury. Couldn't outrun the Cunard liners. Or the Germans.

She was built for a great ride, not a fast one.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 07:26 PM

blame the crew for failing to see it in time and slow responce


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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:13 AM

You've got Fleet and Lee, the 2 lookouts in the crow's nest. They didn't have binoculars but you need to use your eyes 1st to spot something then you look through the binoculars. White Star prided itself on employing men just as lookouts (4 hours on) and their eyes were regularly tested.

Having said all of that, Fleet and Lee were in an unprotected bird's nest while the Titanic was moving at 22, maybe 23 knots. I'm pretty certain that they would have been turning away to give their eyes a rest from the freezing air. But that still wouldn't have stopped them from doing their jobs.

Blame it on Smith - he ordered to Titanic to steam at that speed. But again, that was, by all accounts, what every Captain on the North Atlantic run did, even when there was ice.

So, who do you blame? The lookouts, Smith, the helmsman, Murdoch who gave the order to port around the iceberg? The Titanic herself because it took her just on a mile in her tests to come to a complete stop?

The fact that it was such a clear, calm, moonless night and everyone commented on how bright the stars were. There is a new theory that the iceberg wasn't seen because of a visual trick caused by just the right temperatures and just the right conditions.


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Posted 12 February 2014 - 01:56 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 04 February 2014 - 09:59 PM, said:

The Berg that sunk Titanic could have been avoided,if the Owner had not ordered the Captain to go full speed to try and gain the coveted Blue Riband, in a sea filled with Bergs. How stupid was that.
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