Demand for Answers
"Deeply regret advise you Titanic sank this morning after collision with iceberg, resulting in serious loss of life. Full particulars later."
~Bruce Ismay, chariman and managing director of White Star Line (in a telegram to the White Star Line)
Early reports said no lives were lost when the ship sank. One claimed the Titanic was fine. The vice-president of White Star Line, P.A. Franklin said there was no immediate danger. They were satisfied the ship could not be sunk. Later, sources became more accurate with their reports.
U.S. Investigation (United States Senate)
The world was shocked upon hearing the Titanic had sunk. Those with family members aboard worried. Theories claimed the sinking was planned. The lifeboat method and Bruce Ismay, chairman of White Star Line, were criticized.
A U.S. investigation was held to find out how and why the Titanic sank. The investigation found that the cause of the crash was due to the iceberg, not outside causes or weaknesses. The blame was put on Captain E.J. Smith.
In 1985, over two miles underwater, Titanic was found near Newfoundland. After finding that the ship split in two, Dr. Robert Ballard said the wreckage should be left alone and respected as a grave of those who passed.
The Titanic still resonates with us today.