Lifeboat Drills Were Canceled The Day The Titanic Sank

“I’m the king of the world!” —Jack Dawson, Titanic (1997)

In A Nutshell

Around the time when the Titanic was taking to the ocean, lifeboat drills were standard operating procedure for the crew to undertake on a weekly basis. The crew of the Titanic had been taking part in these drills as well, all except for Sunday, April 14. If that date sounds familiar, it’s because that just happened to be the day the Titanic struck an iceberg.

The Whole Bushel

On the morning of April 14, the crew of the RMS Titanic was expecting to run a lifeboat drill, a common practice among ocean liners. It was obviously important for the crew to prepare themselves and the passengers for what they hoped would be an emergency situation they’d never encounter.

That morning however, the lifeboat drill was inexplicably canceled. The decision to cancel the lifeboat drill came from Captain Edward John Smith himself, and to date it’s still not known exactly why he decided to call off the lifeboat drill. There had been reports of ice in the water throughout the area, with other ships having passed on warnings, which makes the decision to cancel the lifeboat drill even more baffling.

But hey, what are the odds that it would even matter? It’s kind of like not paying attention when a flight attendant tells you how to put on an air mask, right? Chances are, you’ll never actually have to try it out for yourself anyway. Unfortunately for the crew and passengers of the Titanic, it appears safety karma was not on their side.

That’s because, of course, the night of April 14 is when the Titanic struck an iceberg, causing the behemoth ship to sink, killing more than 1,500 people in the freezing cold waters of the North Atlantic. Obviously it’s not a certainty that the lifeboat drill would have actually made any difference, particularly considering the Titanic‘s lifeboats could only carry approximately one-third of the passengers, but it’s been widely believed that carrying out the lifeboat drill could have saved many of the lives lost.

Just keep that in mind the next time you take a trip somewhere. Safety precautions are probably not to be trifled with, because the day you decide to skip them, you might be setting yourself up for a lethal disaster.

Show Me The Proof

No Sunday lifeboat drill the day Titanic struck the iceberg
Lifeboats of the RMS Titanic

  • Exiled Phoenix

    Has anyone else wondered why jack didn’t find something to climb aboard himself? There was a bunch of other crap floating around and he didn’t even look.
    For as many times as my wife dragged me to see that show, I could never get
    over that point.
    I still remember thinking why that movie was so long!

    • WhiteExodus Titanic movie summed up in 2 minutes, really funny.

      • Eoghan-Tony Dwyer 2 minutes!? Bah, here is Titanic summed up in 5 seconds

        • Exiled Phoenix

          Very Nice!

      • Exiled Phoenix

        Lol, nice!

        • WhiteExodus

          Thanks and make sure to subscribe to their channel, you can actually suggest what movie they can comment on!

    • keyserSOZE

      My personal favorite was, “I’ll never let go, Jack! Oh, hey, lifeboat! Get off me, Popsicle boy!”

      • Exiled Phoenix

        lol, she didn’t even offer to take turns on the door!

  • Hadeskabir

    It’s like the Titanic was asking to be sunk.

  • inconspicuous detective

    stupid. but you can’t exactly blame them either. the titanic was a perfect storm of bad judgement and events leading up to the conclusion. if anything when stuff like this happens, you’d be wiser to learn from the mistakes of others and not repeat them.

  • patrick weidinger

    The lifeboat drill probably would have made a huge difference for many on board, especially in third class, who probably did not even know where the lifeboats were located on deck when they had to scramble to try to make one before the ship sank. That’s why you do drills on ships – to get familiar with where the lifeboats are located and learn how to get to them from different areas of the ship.

    • Dumas911

      Don’t you remember in the movie they lock the gate on the third class passengers, so they couldn’t have escaped!! In the movies, got to be real!!! Lol

  • Eoghan-Tony Dwyer

    The first act of the illuminati in the modern age… if you are a crazy person

  • Lee Bronze

    Just say it without the fake ‘safety matters ‘ ending . You think its a conspiracy .