Did You Know: A Lifeboat Drill Was Cancelled?

On the same day the Titanic collided with an iceberg, a lifeboat drill had been planned. But for unclear reasons, Captain Smith canceled the drill. There is speculation that the cancellation occurred to allow passengers to attend church services. Many are convinced that if the drill had taken place as planned, more lives would have been saved. Titanic carried 20 lifeboats, enough for 1178 people. The boat was designed to carry 32 lifeboats but this number was reduced in order to decrease the clutter on deck, so that passengers could comfortably walk on the ship’s luxurious esplanade. In addition to the lifeboats, the Titanic carried 3560 lifebelts (jackets) and 49 life buoys. Depending on the location of the lifeboats, if launched from Port side, they were only 55% filled and if launched from Starboard side of ship, they were 75% filled.

6 comments on “Did You Know: A Lifeboat Drill Was Cancelled?

  1. Scott Wagstaff says:

    Captain Smith probably canceled the drill because all the passengers would of realized that there wasn’t enough lifeboats to go around, only seven on each side on the upper deck.

  2. billy white says:


  3. well i think thats bogus cause if they just would have not cancelled it im pretty sure things wouldnt have been out of order and everything and no one wouldnt have paniced as badly as they did and less people wouldnt have died

  4. arent they building another titanic but it will be finished like in 2016? cause thats what the news sed

  5. Nothing will ever compare to Titanic isn’t that obvious?

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