How Many Lifeboats Should There Be?

When the Olympic Class Ships were being designed, nobody knew exactly how many lifeboats there should be. Back then the number of lifeboats depended on the tonnage of a ship and not the amount of people the ship could carry. Today we understand that all ships must have enough lifeboats for everyone aboard just in case disaster strikes.

In 1909 however, lifeboats were used to get a limited amount of people off of a ship until a rescue ship could arrive and were not intended to support all passengers on the ocean indefinitely.

Watch this video to see how many lifeboats were decided upon for Olympic and Titanic...

Video Provided By: James Cameron's Titanic Explorer