A Look Back At Some Of The Worst Cruise Ship Accidents In History
There have been several cruise ship accidents throughout the years – some have been reported while others haven’t – but there have been a few that have gone down in history as catastrophic. While some cruise lines may try to cover up smaller incidents, there are some that are so significant that they have made headlines and have forever changed the cruise industry.
As the years have gone by and technology has progressed, one might assume that cruise lines should have already found a way to avoid certain tragedies at sea, at least those that stem from negligence, but judging from the latest cruise accident, the capsizing of the Costa Concordia, it’s alarming the number of cruise ship accidents that still take place.
But whether mechanical failure was the culprit for the accident, unfavorable weather conditions, human error, or negligence, accidents on the high seas don’t usually end well. When a cruise accident takes place, victims may be entitled to seek damages for their pain and suffering, but who do you point the finger at? Who exactly is to blame for these tragedies? Let’s take a look back at some of the worst cruise accidents that have garnered the attention of maritime authorities and cruise passengers a like and see what – or whom – was at fault.
Undoubtedly the worst cruise accident in history was the sinking of the Titanic. On her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, Titanic collided with an iceberg just four days into sailing. Although these days, a ship the size of Titanic is not uncommon, in 1912, Titanic was the largest vessel to ever set sail and the vessel itself was not structurally sound. The accident resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people.
So who is to blame for the accident? Was it the captain’s fault for not heeding warnings of icebergs and trying to get to New York in record time? Had he slowed the ship down, would the accident have been avoided altogether? Or, could the incident be blamed on the actual shipbuilder? Roughly 3 million rivets were used to hold Titanic together, but investigations after the sinking showed that the rivets were made with sub-standard iron. When the ship crashed into the iceberg, the heads of the rivets broke, which ultimately caused the vessel to tear in half. If the quality of the iron had been better, perhaps the ship might not have sunk. Moreover, even had the ship still sank, if the vessel had more lifeboats, would the majority of the passengers and crewmembers have been saved?