Telegraph operator Harold Bride recounts his experience aboard the sinking Titanic in "The Wireless Operator's Story." He says that at first, neither he nor the other telegraph operator, Jack Phillips, were worried about the situation. They joked about the situation. Phillips sent a distress signal, and it was received by three ships. As the situation worsened and everyone started to panic, Phillips continued to work and send messages to the other ships, reporting on the Titanic's condition. Bride went to help some passengers push a lifeboat off the ship, but as he did this, a wave washed him, the passengers, and the boat off of the ship. Bride was trapped under the lifeboat, which had been flipped over in the water by the wave. Bride managed to escape, and was pulled aboard another lifeboat. When the ship Carpathia arrived to rescue the Titanic's survivors, one man in Bride's lifeboat was found dead. The man was Phillips. Bride said that he would never forget the way Phillips continued to send messages even after the captain told him to look out for himself.
In the article "Wreck of the White Star Liner Titanic," the magazine Scientific American gives many reasons why the Titanic should not have wrecked. It explains how the Titanic was constructed incredibly well, and how many factors made her one of the safest ships of her time. But, when the Titanic encountered an ice field, the captain did not slow her down, but instead kept her running at almost full speed. The wreck of the Titanic could have been avoided completely if proper precautions had been taken. The Titanic hit an iceberg, and due to her speed, almost half the length of the ship was ripped open. Ultimately, it was human error that caused the Titanic's downfall.
In the article "The Unknown about the Unsinkable Titanic," Gianna Pisano, the author, writes about two major factors which contributed to the sinking of the Titanic that are not very well-known, and explains that it wasn't the crash with the iceberg alone that caused the Titanic to sink. The first of the two components written about in the article was a fire. A fire started in one of the Titanic's boiler rooms, and it was very difficult to control because of all the coal onboard the ship, which fueled the fire. The fire ended up damaging the seal between two of the multiple separate watertight compartments which the Titanic was composed of. This caused the Titanic to sink much faster than she would have after she collided with the iceberg. The second component was that the Titanic was only carrying the minimum required amount of coal needed to fuel the ship. This was because of a coal strike going on at the time. Some coal was lost in the fire. When the Titanic approached the ice field, he should have slowed the Titanic down. But, slowing the Titanic down, and then speeding her up again afterwards would have cost a lot of fuel. Continuing at almost full speed saved fuel. This would not have been necessary if the Titanic was carrying more fuel. These two less known factors heavily contributed to the terrible fate of the Titanic. If not for them, the iceberg may not have brought the Titanic down.