The ship had 16 separate compartmentalized lower sections that could be sealed off from each other, and any 4 of those could be flooded and the ship would still maintain stability. It was considered unsinkable at the time because this wasn’t part of any regulation, it was just completely overbuilt.
If you take a look at the Titanic, it’s incredibly tough to say, “oh, the Titanic was such a terrible loss of life because of X,” because the failure chain was huge. From the lack of lifeboats/drills, unheeded warnings about ice, the excessive speed, to the women and children first policy, to the radio operator on the SS Californian, etc.
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