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    Default On May 31st 1911.

    On May 31st 1911, Titanic's hull is launched into the water. It was at this moment Titanic claimed her first victim.

    A falling support beam collapses and killed a worker instantly, however this wasn't enough to distract the thousands of onlookers watching this massive piece of metal slowly slip down the greased slipway and slide gracefully into the water.

    Titanic was towed to the dry dock to begin outfitting during which she Titanic received updates which distinguished her from her sister ship Olympic.

    These modifications included the forward part of the A Deck Promenade to be enclosed and also the aft B Deck promenade was shortened to accommodate more cabins as this space on the Olympic was relatively unused.

    By September, Titanic's luxurious interiors were well under way with over 100 carpenters carving the Grand Staircase, the wooden pillars and all of the other ornate fittings and fixtures that would make up Titanic's first class areas.

    These extra additions made the Titanic heavier than the Olympic making her the largest moving object in the world.
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    Recently watched a program about the 10 things that contributed to the Titanic's demise on it's maiden voyage. From the fire in the coal storage area to the decision to turn sideways to the iceberg when it probably would've been better to meet it head on where the water tight doors were stronger etc. Very interesting.

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    I'm sure you really didn't mean to blame the Titanic ship for deaths Keith. A machine of any description from computer to the horseshoe that wanted a nail was the end product of man. Computers only can do what man programs into it. A ship can't think or plot to do harm. If a dock worker walks beneath a worker a hundred feet above him and is killed from a falling object let slip by the upper worker, that is man, not the ship. If a course set to far north in order to set a record hit's an iceberg, that's the fault of a. head office that set the rule, b. The officer in charge of plotting the course. or a combination of the two, but not an inanimate object like a ship. Evan if it was overloaded or underloaded, that too is a human involvement.

    Ships have been branded an unhappy ship. I don't believe it's the ship. it's either the company sailing on the cheap, officers or department heads who are not qualified to lead, or a bad mix of crew, or again a combination, but it ain't a machine the floats, that, even if the machinery always seems to break down, is the builders fault, not the ship deciding it's going to mess with humans, that's straight out of Hollywood (or Ealing Studios).

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    Samuel Joseph Scott: Titanic’s First Victim

    Samuel Scott, was employed by Harland and Wolff as a ‘catch boy’. Catch boys are essentially part of a riveting squad. Their job is to help with the riveting process. Titanic alone used 3 million rivets. the process of riveting involves the rivet being heated up then passed to a catch boy, who will then pass it on to a riveter to drill into the ship. Scott was only 15 when he worked on the construction of Titanic. part of his job would have required climbing up the 228 ft arrol gantries. In 1910 Scott was helping with the insertion of the rivets when he fell, after being hit by some falling timber. Scott suffered a skull fracture and died after being crushed by the timber. Scott was the Titanic’s first victim. Scott’s grave can be found in the Belfast City Cemetery.

    The use of the word victim is by definition.
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    Default Re: On May 31st 1911.

    Roidders, that is the problem with relying on cut and paste, you never stop to consider how it reads.

    As to that program, there have been dozens all depicting some sort of conspiracy theory.

    Having seen the Titanic exhibition twice with all the information there it is very clear in my mind that it all the fault of man.
    Mainly through a desire to beat the record for time across and not taking into account the situation of the seas at the time.
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    Sad few think they know all and as said: The use of the word victim is by definition.

    Thankfully, a command of the English language is not lost on all.

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    Default Re: On May 31st 1911.

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith at Tregenna View Post
    The use of the word victim is by definition.


    Great attitude that many still have, rather than a chip on the preverbial shoulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney Mills View Post
    Rodney #3.


    Interesting thanks, constructive as opposed to others that are continually, destructive.

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