The Loss of The Titanic
The loss of The Titanic, with its accompanying destruction of human life, brings home to all the endless vigilance required in matters connected with the sea.
Against fire, stranding, collision with another ship, stresses of weather, full provision has been made. Against an indefinite, unknown and unpredictable damage which a collision with an iceberg could cause, the provision has been insufficient. To renew our vigilance we must reconsider the question of safety of ships from the point of view of this contingency.
It is in the nature of things that precautions which are necessary to prevent accidents which rarely occur are taken with much greater readiness immediately after an accident than at a later period.