The Titanic was carrying 2,223 passengers on board when it sank, and out of those 1,517 died. The guests were split into first, second, and third class, and the higher classes had an advantage when it came to boarding lifeboats and being closer to the top of the deck where the lifeboats were being deployed. There was also a locked gate that separated second and third class sections which inhibited the escape of many third class individuals.
As a result of all of these factors, there were as many deaths in the third class as the first and second classes put together. Most of the Titanic survivors were women, children, or members of the higher class within the Titanic.
As far as actual numbers go, 130 first class passengers died, 166 second class passengers died, and 536 third class passengers died. Most of the third class women and children died and most of the first and second class women and children lived. The highest casualty rate aboard the titanic was men. There was a strict women and children first rule when it came to boarding the lifeboats.
In the end, the Titanic sinking took the lives of 1,347 men and only 103 women. Most of the crew also died during the sinking of the Titanic. There were 899 crew members and 685 of them died during the tragedy. Children also had a high fatality rate, although there weren’t as many on board. 53 Children died which was about half the number of children on board.
The sinking of the Titanic was an event that destroyed hundreds if not thousands of families. Illustrating the consequences that can arise from ill planning and preparation, the Titanic wreck has become the largest peacetime maritime disaster in history. The loss of 1,517 lives has cemented itself in history and is something that the world has tried vigilantly not to repeat.
When it comes to the loss of life experienced on the Titanic, many investigations and research has been done to see the causes and ways that the horrible event could have been prevented. There is no way to bring back those who were lost in the Titanic disaster, but perhaps we can learn from the mistakes of the Titanic in order to avoid repeating history.
Many Titanic survivors who lived through the horrendous event have also offered their stories and descriptions of the event. Unfortunately, as of March of 2009, there are no more living Titanic survivors who can share their experiences first-hand. However, many have stepped forward throughout the years and shared their unique experiences with a variety of media outlets.
With the Titanic 100th anniversary quickly approaching, there has never been a better time to remember those lost during the sinking of the Titanic and learn of ways to prevent the event in the future.