TITANIC-TITANIC.com | World Trade Center Attack
First of all, this page is not designed to offend. It's in good faith, but I understand some people may think it's too soon to be offering comparisons, but different people look at these things in very different ways. Some need time to heal, some need to do constructive things, and some like to think.
In the hours after the terrible disaster, I was constantly comparing different aspects of the disaster to Titanic's fate, and I decided to put them on the site before I forgot about the relevance of the points.
The basis for this page originally began as a post by myself on the alt.history.ocean-liners.titanic newsgroup on September 12th, 2001, one day after the attack. Somebody has pointed out to me that there is more relevance as a WHOLE between the World Trade Center disaster and the Lusitania disaster, which is a very good point, but I'll leave that for someone else to write.
World Trade Center Disaster
11th September, 2001
14th April, 1912
|Poor regulations at the airport helped the terrorists to hijack the planes, although this would change after the disaster.||Poor regulations meant that Titanic did not have a seat in a lifeboat for everybody on board, although this would change after the disaster.|
|The actual impact caused relatively little damage, it was the consequence of the crash, the fire, that led to the collapse of the World Trade Center.||The actual collision caused relatively little damage, it was the consequence of the crash, the flooding, that led to the sinking of Titanic .|
|Reports suggest that people did not leave the mortally-wounded building immediately, believing they were safe, or even safer, staying in the World Trade Center.||People aboard the Titanic were initially reluctant to leave the relative safety of the mortally-wounded ship, believing they were safe staying on-board.|
|Reports suggest that warnings had gone largely un-noticed, or perhaps been mis-interpreted.||The failure to heed clear ice warnings led to the eventual collision with the iceberg.|
|The World Trade Center attack shook the world, and became a true turning point in the world's history.||The Titanic disaster shook the world, and was a true turning point in the world's history.|
|The time between the impact and the final collapse of the World Trade Center allowed many people to escape in a safe and orderly manner.||The time between the collision and the final plunge allowed the launch of practically all of the lifeboats in a safe and orderly manner.|
|The World Trade Center disaster claimed the lives of noted celebrities and important businessmen of the era.||The Titanic disaster claimed the lives of noted celebrities and important businessmen of the era.|
|Ironically... the World Trade Center stood overlooking New York Harbour and the Statue of Liberty... only Titanic's survivors, plus the lifeboats, got this far...|