Call it arrogance or the boundless confidence of Victorian engineering. What now stands as a warning to future generations against the menace welcomed though unfettered self-belief, is that incredible assertion a century ago that convinced an entire society in the unsinkability of a ship – in fact the very ship that was lost to an iceberg midway into its maiden voyage.
There are two sides to Titanic that I find the most fascinating – the historical and the legacy. Yet the deeper one delves into Titanic’s story the void that forms between the mindset of 1912 and our judgement of that logic today, viewed and continually reviewed from the ever widening security of passing years. The dilution of the original mindset grows ever more apparent. With a centenary passed since her loss our knowledge of the Titanic disaster is destined to be lost by a new historical reality which we falsely believed we already know.