Titanic almost saved leaving Southampton
April 16, 2010 by Gareth
One of the most popular subjects for postcard printing in Southampton is the famous Titanic – the ship that sailed from Southampton bound for New York in 1912 but sank on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg. The Titanic museum in Southampton sells a lot of Titanic merchandise, including postcards and posters of the iconic ship.
However, print companies in Southampton may not have had such an iconic image to use on so much of their work had the Titanic actually collided with a liner leaving Southampton docks – as it very nearly did.
While embarking on its voyage, the Titanic came within just a couple of feet of crashing into another liner – something that at the time would have seemed terrible, but history shows that had the ship crashed in Southampton, it would not have sunk in the Atlantic causing the death of 1,517 passengers and crew.
As irony would have it, the ship that the Titanic almost crashed into was called the New York – the destination to which the Titanic never reached.
This information has come to light from a new book, ‘101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic … But Didn’t’. According to the book, the Titanic almost crashed into the New York because its captain was accident prone and the channel was full of moored ships that were idle because of a coal strike.
The book goes on to claim that the captain of the Titanic wasn’t used to a ship the size of the Titanic – meaning he sailed it too close to the New York, almost ending the voyage while still in the docks.