Titanic & History Buffs: Animated film of the sinking of the Titanic

The sinking of the Titanic produced horror for the victims, ruined entire families, created the backdrop for non-fiction and fiction stories of books and famous movies, became the prime example for engineers to study to keep their egos in check, produced many studies to make ships safer, and created the modern safety regulations we now have in place for cruise ships.

Now creators of the play-by-play video want game players to have the experience first hand.

The video was created as a precursor to a video game, called Titanic Honor & Glory, “where players begin their voyage on the doomed ship at Southampton, recreated as it was in 1912. They are then able to live through the voyage and the sinking of the ship, interacting with historical characters along the way.”

Follow along with the video from The Daily Mail (UK)

Titanic Animation Video – Incredible detail (This safe link is from Daily Mail UK)

It may seem odd to make a video about something so personal, filled with horrors of screams, death, and real human beings, but the video creators assure the public they do it out of respect and yes, fascination of the event.

“A statement on their website reads: ‘Our core team is made up almost exclusively of people who have grown up appreciating the disaster, respecting those who were lost, and simply want to see all of that brought back to life.

‘Our consultants are on hand to make sure we get this done right, and we are even bringing decedents of survivors and victims to make sure those on board are accurately represented and properly memorialized.

‘Overall, we just want to tell their stories, preserve their memories, and revive a luxurious ocean liner that the whole world poured its heart into.”

Even if you are not a game player, the video is worth watching. The 2 hours, from seeing the ice burg, to actual sinking, must have been a terrifying time for the people involved. Life boats only half full, no plan in place for the ship to sink, egos and arrogance stepping in the way, and the chaos of realizing something must be done, but it was too late, makes the story of the Titanic a tragic event people still discuss and always fear will happen again.

This video is important from a purely engineering perspective. Watching something so huge and built to last, sink so fast, should be a constant reminder of the importance safety plans and creating plan B, when plan A fails.

Until next time…be safe, be kind, and always be happy.


Credit given to http://www.dailymail.co.uk for publishing this story and to writer, Bob Mueller, @bobmueller, which is where I originally found the story.