Titanic rescue

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The Titanic rescue -- the rescue of many passengers on the RMS Titanic by the Carpathia and the failure of another ship to do likewise -- is an immensely compelling story in itself.

Myth of lifeboat shortage

Not all the lifeboats were used, and ones that were used were not filled to capacity. An infinite number of lifeboats would not have changed the fatality rate much, in light of how the available lifeboats were not fully used.

Thus the story of a supposed lifeboat shortage was exaggerated by liberals to push through burdensome new regulations to require more lifeboats on cruise ships.

Inadequate distress signals

The Titanic used white, not red, distress rockets, and observers who saw the white flares from the Californian did not hear any sound associated with them,[1] despite being only about 17 miles away.

Could more have been saved?

"The first rocket appears to have been fired at about 0045 hrs (TITANIC time). The ship sank at about 0220 hrs."[2] So states a renewed British official maritime analysis in 1992 into the culpability of the SS Californian cruise ship in not helping with the rescue, despite being nearby. The conclusion of that report is somewhat sympathetic to the delinquency of the SS Californian, stating it could not have plausibly arrived before the Titanic sank.

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