In 1912 disaster struck
to a vessel they said was unsinkable
a ship designed to stand up to anything
to go down would seem unthinkable.
The ship was grand, people were keen
to sail in this majestic beauty
tickets flew hot from the port office
and all staff were called to duty.
The designer made a few drastic changes
he insisted elegance came before life
giant staircases lined with the portside
which had cut deeper than a knife.
Steel plates were attached by hand
as machines couldnt get to some parts
making spots of the ship vulnerable
which went unnoticed on the charts.
The ship was grand, the clientelle were rich
the poor were crowded below
class was important at the start of the century
lower classess had no room to grow.
The lifeboats were cut just sixteen were aboard
for over two thousand customers and crew
women and children were priority then
even though men did get through.
Some crew from the other ship
were laid off their service not required
one of them went off with a key
to a cabinet holding all they desired.
The Captian had no drills it seems
so the crew were unable to cope
judging by the historic events
they did not have a hope.
The Iceberg responsible for the disaster
was floating closer to their ship
even although many warnings were given
the ship had to fulfill its trip.
The Captian wanted to go faster
even though the warnings were clear
he was of an attitude everything was fine
no one had anything to fear.
It seemed for a while the coast was clear
the iceberg was changing direction
the captian thought he was navigating away
beyond the icebergs infection.
Because of the lack of experience
the crew did not know what to do
once the disaster struck for real
all their nightmares came true.
one thousand five hundred people lost their lives
on that fateful freezing night
the water was 50 degrees below
many died with fright.
A mighty ship called unsinkable
lost its will to live
and just because they never took care
or any thought did give.
Mother nature knows no bounds
she wins almost all the time
for the people who designed this ship
I believe they committed a crime.
98 years ago, the ship they said was unsinkable, did indeed sink, too many people had played their part in the downfall of this ship which lost so many innocent lives, shortcuts, lack of drills, not enough lifeboats, it was a disaster waiting to happen and indeed it did.
This poem is to commemorate the 1500 lives lost in this disaster which could have easily been avoided...
What disasters do YOU remember and are they still vivid in your mind?