With the recent sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, many people couldn’t help but draw parallels between this disaster and the Titanic, which coincidentally enough suffered a similar fate exactly 100 years ago. And just in case you think the Concordia comparisons to the Titanic are overdone, keep this in mind: The Concordia was not only longer than the Titanic — 952 feet versus the Titanic’s 883 feet — but it was also more than 2 1/2 heavier at 114,500 tons to the Titanic’s 46,328 tons.
And, as is also being pointed out by superstitious mariners, both ships had suspiciously bad beginnings. Back at the time of the Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912, White Star Liners and Harland & Wolffe never christened their ships, a bad omen for many seagoers. The owners of the Concordia avoided cursing their ship in the same way, however, when the time came for the big day, the champagne bottle used to perform the task failed to break when hurled at the ship’s hull.
But, one of the biggest differences was the number of people on board. When the Titanic set sail from Southampton, it had 2,233 people on board while the Concordia had about 4,200. A staggering number, and one that reminds us how lucky we are the tragedy wasn’t larger than it ended up being.
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