The “Titanic” film earned well over three billion dollars at the box office, making it the third highest-grossing movie of all time. But didn’t a question pop into your head? Why didn’t people try climbing on the iceberg to get out of the water?
Well, if you look at any picture of an iceberg, you’ll see that they can get quite steep. Sure, some might be scalable, but others are nothing but sheer cliffs of jagged ice. Best case, it would be like climbing a mountain; worst case, a frozen cliffside.
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– A floe is a flat mass of ice found drifting in the ocean. It is low, flat, and relatively shallow, while an iceberg is none of those things.
– Ice floes can be hazardous, but the concern is that a ship might get pinned and crushed between two of them instead of sinking outright.
– The Titanic hit an iceberg, and if you look at any picture of an iceberg, you’ll see that they can get quite steep.
– Imagine trying to pull that off in the dark, using only your hands and maybe a bit of rope, and surrounded by over a thousand other confused and freezing people.
– The Titanic didn’t sink the moment it made contact with the ice. It actually took a full two hours and forty minutes to go under.
– When it came time to board the lifeboats, many passengers were reluctant, believing themselves safer on the big warm ship than the tiny open boats.
– If people were that reluctant to board escape craft until it was almost too late, how were the crew going to convince them to clamber atop a freezing lump of ice?
– These are all big problems that would’ve made evacuating to the iceberg unfeasible, and we haven’t even gotten to the biggest one on the list: reaching it.
– The Titanic didn’t exactly grind to a halt the moment it hit the iceberg. As you might have guessed, the ship’s helmsman had been trying to steer away from the ice before the collision.
– A glancing blow meant the Titanic wasn’t stopped in its tracks. It’s estimated that the Titanic was clipping along at around 22 knots, about 24 miles per hour for landlubbers.
– The captain would’ve had to steer his ship back to the iceberg, something that might not have even been possible given the circumstances.
– While escaping to the iceberg makes for an interesting idea, it wouldn’t necessarily have been a good one. If anything, attempting it could have made the disaster even worse.
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