Much has been made of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, but few have had the chance to dive to the wreck since its discovery in 1985. One man that has is Dave Christensen. In 2005, he was able to take part in a 12 hour dive to the ship. The New Hampshire resident is a partner in Clear Path Entertainment, a company that books entertainment acts and also works to bring historical collections to venues around the country.
Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 5:17 am
This weekend marks the centennial of the Titanic disaster. One hundred years ago Saturday, the ship that, as legend had it, "God himself couldn't sink," struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. It was about 20 minutes to midnight on April 14, 1912. Two hours and 40 minutes later, the Titanic was gone.
As the Titanic was sinking and women and children climbed into lifeboats, the cellist and violinist from the ship's band stood and played. They died when the ship went down. Men stood on the deck and smoked cigars. They died, too.
This behavior is puzzling to economists, who like to believe that people tend to act in their own self interest.
"There was no pushing and shoving," says David Savage, an economist at Queensland University in Australia who has studied testimony from the survivors. It was "very, very orderly behavior."