Thursday, January 20, 2005

Comparison with Titanic

After just watching a History Channel program about the TITANIC disaster, I can't help but check the Titanic "lessons learned" against USS SAN FRANCISCO's accident.

The TV program stated that one of the most significant mistakes by Titanic's owners/operators was their near complete faith and trust in the technology of the time, that made them believe she was unsinkable.

With the SF, faith and trust in the construction technology (as, in my experience, held by all American submariners) was proved well founded in that SF suffered so severe a crash and lived to tell about it.

Of course, the faith placed in soundings on the charts apparently proved to be a downfall. I have confidence that the smart people in the submarine-driving business will delineate procedures to prevent a recurrence, as the shipbuilding industry did following the loss of Titanic.

(By the way, I am still surprised that SF's accident is still called a "grounding", instead of an underwater "collision" or crash!)