“Not even God could sink the Titanic!” – White Star Line employee

RMS Titanic, the jewel in the crown of the White Star Line, disappeared beneath the waves, having been ripped open by an iceberg, on this day in 1912. Almost 1,500 people were drowned in the icy waters of the North Atlantic that night. The most famous ship in history had set sail from Southampton bound for New York four days earlier to the sound of popping champagne corks and the cheers of well-wishers. 

Titanic slipped her moorings with a scandalous disregard for safety and a captain on deck who was determined to smash the trans-Atlantic speed record held by White Star’s arch rival Cunard. There was a lot more consideration given to smoked salmon and caviar than lifeboats for the masses of lower class passengers and poorly paid crew who would ultimately lose their lives.

The opulent liner was built at Belfast’s world-famous Harland & Wolff shipyard and was the finest ship the world had ever seen. Two thousand men were involved in the two-year construction project. No one could have imagined that Titanic would sail for just four days of her maiden voyage before plummeting two miles to the ocean floor, a thousand miles short of her destination. Some of the richest people in the world went down with the ship having paid the equivalent of £50,000 for the privilege.

Titanic’s name is now in the history books for all the wrong reasons, synonymous with one of the deadliest ever maritime disasters. The ship’s owners, designers and builders were convinced she was completely disaster-proof. One man recklessly boasted that “not even God could sink the Titanic!”. The tragic story is hallmarked by the pride, arrogance and greed of that era in British history. The Bible says, those things normally go before both national and personal disaster. Better to put your life in the hands of God than in the reckless claims of people with dodgy motives. 

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