What has changed?
Improvements to passenger safety since the Titanic disaster:
Passenger ships must carry lifeboat space sufficient for everyone on board
Lifeboat drills conducted
Steamships carry searchlights
24-hour radio watch on all ships carrying 50 or more people
Separate frequency for distress messages
Creation of International Ice Patrol to monitor icebergs
Shipping lanes shifted farther south
How the Titanic compares to today's cruise ship:
|Length: 882 ft. 9 in.||Length: 893 ft.|
|Height (keel to funnel): 175 ft.||Height (keel to mast): 236 ft.|
|Width (beam): 92 ft. 6 in.||Width (beam): 116 ft.|
|Gross tonnage: 46,329||Gross tonnage: 101,000|
|Maximum speed: 25 knots||Maximum speed: 22.5 knots|
|Passenger capacity: 2,603 ||Passenger capacity: 3,400|
|Lifeboats' capacity: 1,178||Lifeboats' capacity: 3,600|
|Number of lifeboats: 20||Number of lifeboats: 24|
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