The ‘unsinkable ship’
One of the more damning scenes from James Cameron's "Titanic" occurs when Kate Winslet's on-screen mom looks up and remarks: "So, this is the ship they say is unsinkable." In fact, claims the Titanic was indestructible have been greatly exaggerated over time.
Before it sailed in 1912, it was not widely believed that the Titanic was unsinkable, and in fact a White Star Line (owner of the RMS Titanic) promotional item claimed that the ship was simply "designed" to be unsinkable "as far as it is possible to do so." In truth, the widespread notion that the Titanic was unsinkable came from a comment made the day after the tragedy to The New York Times by Philip A.S. Franklin, then vice-president of White Star's holding company. "I thought her unsinkable ... I do not understand it," Franklin said.
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