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re: The interesting thing about the Titanic is that the chief engineer, Thomas Andrews, repeatedly had his safety designs and testing plans overruled b...
 

Thomas Andrews, repeatedly had his safety designs and testing plans overruled by White Star Lines sales and marketing

Sounds familiar :) Would it have helped to prevent the ship from sinking?

 

Maybe and they certainly would have mitigated the extent of the disaster. Some of the things that were overruled included having 46 lifeboats instead of just 20, a double hull that might have prevented the hull from buckling during the collision to the degree it did and watertight bulkheads that would have gone up to B deck, thus preventing the section-by-section overflow flooding that happened.

It also could be said that the disaster was a classic instance of a "missing password" or "person hit by bus" scenario. The forward lookouts didn't have binoculars to use because the case was locked and the guy who had the key was no long on board the ship, having been reassigned to a different ship at the last minute. One good test to have is to ask the question what would happen if this key person is no longer available or if this component/service was no longer available?

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