This is really not related to ADRIFT at all but as it is April 14th it is a good time to spend a moment or two and remember the 30 or so engineering staff of RMS Titanic. At 11:40pm, a hundred years ago, the great ship had an appointment with destiny and received that fatal blow.
The engineering staff of Joseph Bell (Chief Engineer), 24 engineers, 6 electrical engineers, two boilermakers, a plumber, the clerk and also the Guarantee Group (an elite trouble-shooting team of 8 from Harland and Wolff) all stayed at their posts until the very end. Whilst the great and good, rich and poor, brave and cowards struggled above them, the engineers toiled to keep the power on. Power needed for the pumps, lights and wireless.
None of the engineers survived, so no one can voice their brave story. However the ship stayed afloat longer than it would have done, didn’t roll over and power was provided right up until the end. This tells its own story.
The great ship broke in half around the 3rd funnel - the location of the cathedral like engine room. This sealed the fate of the brave engineers; they went to the bottom with their ship at 2.20am the next morning. In the great scheme of things far worst disasters have happen since and are likely to in the future. But, brave men who selflessly sacrificed their lives to give others a chance of survival should not be forgotten.
Titanic Victim - Richard Otter
Titanic Engineers' Memorial, Southampton