At the beginning of the 20th century, the trans-continental mode of transportation was by ship. Being a very competitive industry, the two major players were the White Star Line and the Cunard Line. In order to compete with Cunard’s two grand flag ships, the Mauritania and the Lusitanian, the White Star Line built the first “Olympic Class” liner – the finest ship man had ever seen. This ship’s length was 882 feet and her widest point was 92.5 feet. Because a transatlantic voyage was 15 days long, she was outfitted with luxurious decorations and lavish amenities to accommodate her First Class passengers. Since she was a titan of her time, she was named the RMS (Royal Mail Service) Titanic. Equipped with the latest technology, it was boldly stated that she was “unsinkable” but on her maiden voyage, on April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg, the Titanic sank with 1,517 souls still aboard. People have often wondered, why was there a huge iceberg floating in a busy shipping lane? Forensic astronomers Donald Olson and Russell Doescher and Roger Sinnott of Sky & Telescope Magazine recently offered an answer. Their study found that a rare event occurred in January of 1912 when the Earth, Moon and Sun were all in alignment, which created an enormous tidal force (this alignment has only occurred in 796 AD, 1912 and will again occur in 2257). The iceberg that caused the sinking of the Titanic came from the Greenland glacier fields. These icebergs rarely make it out to the open sea, but with the enormous tide creating deep water and tidal thrust, the iceberg rapidly moved to that fatal area where the Titanic was steaming full speed ahead. As in 1912, man’s modern technology is flawed. No matter how much we profess to know and understand there is always a force greater than us.
SharLeigh has an inquisitive nature – she is interested in current events, history, science and many more subjects, including things that go bump in the night! Since 1997, SharLeigh has scoured the internet, looking for interesting, fun and timely topics covering all sorts of human-interest subjects for her articles from her home in Fontana, CA.