It is probably the best known maritime tragedy in history, and certainly it is the most over-examined. But no one knew what fate awaited the Titanic as it steamed out of Southhampton. They knew only that this was the largest, most luxurious cruise ship ever built.
The Titanic included a number of innovative features, such as possessing both a turbine and two reciprocating engines – a combination that for more versatility in handling and speed. It also, as has been widely attested, possessed rather fewer lifeboats than were necessary to carry the full complement of passengers and crew if anything went wrong – as it did just five days later.
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