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    A question I am afraid to ask on facebook...

    Hi all,

    So, I recently watched Titanic again, and...

    This kind of stuck with me:

    So, the ship is hit by an iceberg.
    And then sinks, and Leo dies.


    Why don't people swim to the iceberg, and, well, get to safety there?
    - Sure, it's cold, but it's probably better than drowning.



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    It took nearly three hours to sink, I imagine the iceberg had drifted quite a distance away by then.

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    Thank you, but, really? Like, if the impact of the iceberg on the ship was so strong the ship basically broke in half, shouldn't it have stayed nearby?

    Also, they had boats.

    :Hehehe:

    Frankly, all I know about the high seas, I learned from, well, Professors Aubrey and Maturin. High times I read a non-fiction book on this, I think. :D

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    The water was too cold. Most people who went in the water never came out, because they died of hypothermia. Even people who were rescued from the water and pulled into lifeboats still died.

    As for boats, there weren't enough.

    There were those that had space, but most didn't return to the site of sinking. Some were near enough, but they could only take so many.

    People have survived sinkings by clinging to icebergs though, so its not a stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judoka_uk View Post
    People have survived sinkings by clinging to icebergs though, so its not a stupid question.
    An example with a twist ending: http://www.cracked.com/article_19892...crisis_p2.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro Protagonist View Post
    Also, they had boats.
    They also had no light source or portable electricity, and once the electricity in the boat was lost, it was pitch black until the morning. The movie version casually avoids this problem with camera lighting etc but in reality you couldn't see 2 feet in front of you.

    When the Carpathia reached Titanic's last known position around 3am it wasn't even there.

    Always in motion, the ocean is.

    http://www.titanic-titanic.com/carpathia.shtml
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    Many of the passengers were English, and fraternising with the enemy (which liaising with the iceberg most certainly would be) just isn't done.

    It simply wouldnt be cricket old chap.


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    Personally if it were me I would have fought hella hard to make it on one of those rafts...I'd probably knock a few of the ladies out of the way myself...why? Well for one everyone for themselves and also...I hate getting wet...haha...which would add to another thought...I probably would never ever get on a boat that size in my entire life anyways...haha ><

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    I'm guessing an iceberg at night isn't the best defense against hypothermia.

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    Basically being in the water in the north Atlantic is a death sentence you only have but a few minutes in that water before hypothermia kills you. Also the pitch black thing, also the distance to said iceberg plus the difficulties of getting onto an iceberg?

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