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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 16, 2012

INVESTIGATIONS OF THE TITANIC DISASTER—AMERICAN AND BRITISH

JAMA. 2012;307(19):2008. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.2985

The first horror of the Titanic disaster has passed, and the American and British publics are now waiting to see what practical results the tragedy will bring forth. The senatorial inquiry brought out many facts damning not only to the steamship companies, but also and equally to the British Board of Trade which has full power to make such regulations as it deems necessary for the safety of British ships. Some English newspapers, whose opinions, apparently, are largely shaped by their advertisers, have seen fit to criticize adversely the American inquiry into the disaster. That this criticism is not shared by the British people generally is evident from the attitude of the more responsible and conservative newspapers on the other side. Two facts Senator Smith's committee brought out clearly and beyond question: first, that the Titanic was being driven at high speed through a sea known to be dangerous with ice; second, that the steamship did not have life-boat accommodation for one-half as many people as it carried.

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