The Titanic was the biggest ship, having utilized the top technology available in the early 1900s. The ship had a weight of approximately 4,600 tons, measured 900 feet in length and a height of 25 stories. It was regarded as the largest ship in history (Bassett). The ship was considered unsinkable on its completion, as the lower section had a majority of the compartments airtight fitted. Additionally, it was seen to have passed through the turn-of-the-century innovation and ship construction. However, the April 12th, 1912 event proved the designers wrong, who had termed the Titanic as a resilient and unsinkable ship. According to ship construction specialists, a ship should remain floating even in a case where it collides with another ship so that assistance can be provided by nearby boats (Marcus 32). It is the reason the event has been controversial with many people attributing the accident to natural disasters while opponents blame human errors. The people who believe the accident occurred due to natural disasters cite the collision of the ship with an iceberg due to unbearable ocean tides. Although they may be right, the most probable reasons that led to the occurrence of the event is mainly human errors. Thus, the tragedy ought to have been controlled if the human factors had been considered early. Indeed, even after a century, the instance of the Titanic outlines how innovative disappointments regularly come about because of a combination of human factors of exclusions, stumbles, and misfortune instead of natural disasters.
The century-long debates have led to two sides of the story, one category blaming human irresponsibility and the other group blaming natural disasters such as tides that made the controllability of the ship difficult. It was ironical for the ship that was thought to be the best cruiser of all time to be involved in the worst ocean tragedy of the century four days after its launch. One standard inference that many would be sure about is that even after the ship hit the iceberg, there were more chances of saving individuals from dying. Human factors take the center stage of the aspects that led to the sinking of the Titanic, and they range from irresponsibility, design and construction errors, arrogance and lack of enough lifeboats (Wonderopolis). The idea of compliance with the international maritime regulations is an aspect to be considered as human irresponsibility as any ship is allowed to cruise only when it adheres to safety rules. The fact that rescue signals were ignored is a human irresponsibility regarding the legislative requirement that mandated the inclusion of wireless signals which the nearest boats would have used and responded to save the victims. The sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, was due to human error and arrogance.
The foremost human error that most analysts attribute to the sinking of the ship is the design and construction error. The human error contributed towards the difficulties in ship’s maneuverability. The control room team of the Titanic failed to report to the engine crew to reduce the reverse thrust after hitting the iceberg, so that the ship could regain control (Wonderopolis). The lack of the ship’s reverse thrust was a cruising error that decreased the boat’s mobility….