The story of the Titanic is a tragic tale of life lost. We have long been intrigued with the reasons why this catastrophe occurred. Design certainly played a role, but other similarly designed ships had useful service lives. At least one “cause” can be attributed to the metal used to make the hull of the ship. The melting and forming of this material certainly contributed. A Journal of Metals article from 1998 explains why.
The Titanic was one of three ships that was built to compete with two of the largest and fastest steamers in the North Atlantic – the Lusitania and the Mauritania. The Titanic and its sister ships – the Olympic and the Britannic – were to be designed to provide superior accommodations but not to be faster. In the early 20th century, the only means of transportation for travelers and mail between Europe and North America was by passenger steamship. The Titanic would transport passengers in style, having the first onboard swimming pool and gymnasium.