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On April 141912 a great ship called the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage That night there were many warnings of icebergs from other ships There seems to be a conflict on whether or not the warnings reached the bridge We may never know the answer to this question The greatest tragedy of all may be that there were not enough lifeboats for everyone on board According to Walter Lord author of The Night Lives On the Titanic could have been saved in the very beginning of the crisis when the iceberg was first reported to the bridge If First Officer Murdoch had steamed right at the iceberg instead of trying to avoid it he might have saved the ship The author feels there would have been a loud crash and anyone within the first one hundred feet would have been killed but the ship would have remained afloat82 This view was entirely speculation and we will never really know if this would have happened In contrast Geoffrey Marcus author of The Maiden Voyage suggests that the bridge did not receive warning of the ice from the very beginning One of the messages received was from the Masaba warning the Titanic of a mass of ice lying straight ahead According to Marcus the message never reached the bridge but instead was shoved under a paper-weight 126 At 1030 pm that evening a ship going the opposite direction of the Titanic was sighted This ship the Rappahannock had emerged from an ice field and had sustained damage to its rudder The vessel signaled the Titanic about the ice and the Titanic replied that the message was received Marcus 127 At
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