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Night of TerrorOn April 141912 a great ship called the Titanic sankon its maiden voyage That night there were many warnings oficebergs from other ships There seems to be a conflict onwhether or not the warnings reached the bridge We may neverknow the answer to this question The greatest tragedy ofall may be that there were not enough lifeboats for everyoneon board According to Walter Lord author of The Night Lives Onthe Titanic could have been saved in the very beginning ofthe crisis when the iceberg was first reported to thebridge If First Officer Murdoch had steamed right at theiceberg instead of trying to avoid it he might have savedthe ship The author feels there would have been a loudcrash and anyone within the first one hundred feet wouldhave been killed but the ship would have remainedafloat82 This view was entirely speculation and we willnever really know if this would have happened In contrast Geoffrey Marcus author of The MaidenVoyage suggests that the bridge did not receive warning ofthe ice from the very beginning One of the messagesreceived was from the Masaba warning the Titanic of a massof ice lying straight ahead According to Marcus themessage never reached the bridge but instead was shovedunder a paper-weight 126 At 1030 pm that evening a ship going the oppositedirection of the Titanic was sighted This ship theRappahannock had emerged from an ice field and hadsustained damage to its rudder The vessel signaled theTitanic about the ice and the Titanic replied that themessage was received Marcus 127 At 11 pm another ice report was received This onewas from the Californian This liner had passed through thesame ice field that the Rappahannock had reported to theTitanic Like all the other warnings this warning neverreached the bridge though it was known to both of theTitanics wireless operators Marcus 128 By the time the bridge realized the ship was about tohit an iceberg it was too late Quartermaster Hitchenstried to turn
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