by Martha Rose Woodward
On April 15, 1912, or one hundred years ago this week, the RMS Titanic, a British passenger liner, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg. The grand ship was on her maiden voyage from
Southampton, England to New York City. 1,514 people died during the most famous accident at sea in history. The Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time and was built between 1909–11 by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. She carried 2,224 people.
Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from Europe and elsewhere seeking a new life in North America. The ship was designed to be the last word in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins. Due to outdated maritime safety regulations, she carried only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – a third of her total passenger and crew capacity.
On 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing and about 375 miles south of Newfoundland she hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm. The collision caused Titanic’s hull plates to buckle inwards in a number of locations on her
starboard side and opened five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea. Over the next two and a half hours, the ship gradually filled with water and sank. Passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partly filled. Just before 2:20 am Titanicbroke up and sank bow-first with over a thousand people still on board. Those in the water died within minutes from hypothermia caused by immersion in the freezing ocean. The 710 survivors were taken aboard from the lifeboats by the RMS Carpathia a few hours later.
In 1997 James Cameron wrote, co-produced, directed and co-edited a fictionalized account of the sinking of the Titanic. The movie starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet who were members of different
social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated voyage.
The film achieved critical and commercial success, winning eleven Oscars, receiving the Academy Awards for
Best Picture and Best Director. It became the first film to reach the billion dollar mark. It remained the highest grossing film of all time for twelve years, until Cameron’s next directorial effort, Avatar, surpassed its gross in 2010.
With all that success you would think the movie was perfect, but no, there were several major glaring errors in Cameron’s film as his fans have pointed out to him. It is hard to believe that people have time to spend searching for mistakes in movies, but, apparently this is a hobby for some.
Some mistakes in the movie, Titanic, include: l. A camera can be seen in a reflection in a glass door. 2. Jack’s hair is all messed up in one frame and combed to perfection in the same scene. 3. Jack is wearing suspenders and not wearing suspenders in the scene when they are escaping from the ship. 4. Kate has a mole on her right cheek and in the next scene the mole has moved to her left cheek. 5. Shadows of a passenger’s hat are larger than the actual hat. 6. A passenger grabs a part of the ship that is supposed to be made of metal and a huge piece of foam breaks off in her hand. 7. When Rose is trying to cut handcuffs off of Jack’s wrist, she hits his arm with the axe instead of hitting the handcuffs. Good thing the axe was a movie prop made of wood. 8. Rose breaks a window to get the axe she uses to cut the handcuffs off of Jack’s wrist and the window reappears in the next scene. 9. When the ship is sinking, parts of it disappear and reappear in the next scene. 10. In scenes in the dining room, passengers eat food that disappears and the same food reappears in the next scene. 11. Clothing that was wet is quickly dry in the same scene. 12. Rails on the ship are a foot apart and in the next scene are about 4 inches a part. 13. Many of the scenes showing passengers strolling around on the ship are poorly done computer animations. 14. Rose’s and Jack’s hair gets wet and gets dry very quickly.
Just goes to show you, nobody’s perfect.