The sinking of the Titanic could have been prevented if only someone used binoculars.

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In April 15, 1912, RMS Titanic sank into the ocean after colliding with an iceberg. Why wasn’t the massive iceberg seen? Because the lookouts did not have binoculars. The binoculars were reportedly locked up in a locker, the keys to which were held by David Blair, who forgot to hand them over after he was removed from the ship’s crew the night before the ship’s departure. The binoculars were put up for auction in 2007 and sold for $148,000.

RMS Titanic
RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912. By F.G.O. Stuart (1843-1923)

Titanic wreck bow
View of the bow of the RMS Titanic photographed in June 2004 by the ROV Hercules during an expedition returning to the shipwreck of the Titanic.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Thats kinda stupid, the Titanic was a big deal for the people living at that time. You would think that they would be more organised. Am I not right?

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