PowerSwitch Main Page
PowerSwitch
The UK's Peak Oil Discussion Forum & Community
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

RMS Titanic disaster - New evidence docu on C4

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    PowerSwitch Forum Index -> Books, Magazines & Film
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
raspberry-blower



Joined: 14 Mar 2009
Posts: 1452

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:03 pm    Post subject: RMS Titanic disaster - New evidence docu on C4 Reply with quote

Did anyone catch the Channel 4 documentary on the infamous maritime disaster last night?

Available for the next 29 days: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/titanic-the-new-evidence/on-demand/64665-001

In short, it convincingly argues that the real reason why Captain Smith ordered RMS Titanic to steam through the ice field at full pelt was that it did not have enough fuel - coal - to do any detour or she would have run out of on board coal to make it to New York. Apt metaphor for today's economic system, perhaps?
_________________
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools - Douglas Adams.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
clv101
Site Admin


Joined: 24 Nov 2005
Posts: 7630

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If short on coal, surely going a little slower would have increased the range?
_________________
PowerSwitch on Facebook | The Oil Drum | Twitter | Blog
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
raspberry-blower



Joined: 14 Mar 2009
Posts: 1452

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clv101 wrote:
If short on coal, surely going a little slower would have increased the range?


No - which sounds counterintuitive but this was explained in the documentary. The ship's supply of coal was on fire - originally in Boiler Room 6 but had spread to Boiler Rooms 9 & 10. The firemen and stokers on board were dealing with the fire by feeding the boilers at maximum rate - get the blazing coals inside the boilers as soon as possible. By slowing down the engines would result in the fire consuming far more of the coal before being fed into the furnaces which would have resulted in the Titnic having insufficient fuel to reach New York
_________________
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools - Douglas Adams.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    PowerSwitch Forum Index -> Books, Magazines & Film All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group