Browsing the internet this morning, I came across an article about the Titanic and began wondering how that magnificent ship compared to today’s modern cruise ships, sizewise. Over the years, after reading many stories and books and seeing several movies, I had a mental image, not necessarily correct, of the Titanic and what a huge ship she was.
Then I came across these images from Malcolm Oliver’s WaterWorld, a blog about cruise ships. The article compares the Titanic (1912) to the Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship in 2009. Among the things I found most interesting, besides these images, was the theory that Titanic couldn’t turn fast enough because of her relatively small rudder and engines. The author notes “Oasis does not have a rudder. Her engines (giant electric motors) are housed in four pods suspended below the ship, all of which can rotate 360 degrees making her highly manoeuvrable for a big ship.”
I’m a fan of Titanic lore but have absolutely no interest in going on an ocean cruise. I don’t like the idea of being confined to a floating city with thousands of other people. Not to mention all the stories in recent years of fires, power failures, illness, etc. But this particular article was a fascinating comparison of two luxury liners from two different eras.