Titanic passengers remained calm as ship was sinking
On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and plunged to its watery grave killing 1,517 people.
Strangely, it has been reported that considering the impossible events unfolding around them, the passengers on the Titanic remained relatively calm and behaved in an orderly fashion. This seems to be because they had 2.5 hours to wait.
According to reports, women and children climbed into lifeboats, the cellist and violinist from the band played on, and men, many of whom would soon be dead, stood on deck smoking cigars.
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Experts, including David Savage from Queensland University, have been puzzled by this. Generally, it is believed that people tend to act in their own best interest but in the case of the passengers on board the Titanic this was not the case.
Speaking to National Public Radio (NPR) Savage said, There was no pushing and shoving." He said it was "very, very orderly behavior."
He compared the behavior of the passengers on the Titanic to that of the passengers of the Lusitania, another British ship which sank in 1915. It was torpedoed by a German U-Boat.
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The difference between the passengers on these ships was that the people on the Lusitania panicked.
There were many similarities between the two ships. They were both luxury liners; they had a similar number of passengers and a similar number of survivors.
Savage concluded that the differen....