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From the Archive, 1912: Suggestion for a Full Complement of Lifeboats




Scientific American, April 27, 1912

The technical methods for cramming enough lifeboats on a ship to save every soul on board were fairly easy to conceive. Here is one possible solution; the added benefit was that even if the ship were heeling over, the boats could be shifted from one side of the ship to the other. The small drawings at the bottom show how the system could have been applied to the Titanic. However, the lifeboats would have taken up deck space that was considered too valuable for sun decks and promenades and so were largely dispensed with by the company. Credit: Scientific American, April 27, 1912

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