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What You Would Have Done If You Were On The Titanic As It Was Sinking

List RulesVote up everything you would have done if you were on the Titanic when it sank.

On April 15, 1912, the ship hailed as "unsinkable" sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean, taking the lives of 1,500 passengers and crew. Most people know the story of the RMS Titanic. It's one of history's most well-known tragedies told over and over again in movies, television, and books - and whose legacy has remained a part of the general zeitgeist.

Many mistakes were made leading up to the ship's ultimate demise: the ship's size was overambitious, there were engineering issues, and many people made incredibly poor choices when the Titanic was sinking. But it's easy to criticize the decisions individuals made during an event that happened more than a century ago. We have the luxury of time and distance from the tragedy that allows us to look at it rationally; information about the ship's structural deficiencies that allow us to evaluate the hazards; and the knowledge that the night would end in disaster. But, according to many firsthand accounts, many passengers had very little knowledge of how dire the situation was until it was too late. The ship's crew ordered evacuation in an orderly manner and passengers remained calm. But if we were one of the 2,229 people on board the ship on that fateful night, would we have acted any differently?

Every choice listed below is based upon actual decisions individuals made, possibilities based upon circumstances of the night, or choices people made in fictional representations. Furthermore, the choices available to any one person (and ultimately the chances of survival) were dependent on a person's circumstaces: Were they a man or woman? Were they a child or an adult? Were they part of the crew or a passenger? Did they have the money to be a member of first class or were they a part of the third class?

But that leaves one final question: Considering your own personal background and disposition, what would you have actually done if you were on the Titanic as it was sinking?

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    24

    Do Your Best To Avoid The Propeller

  • 2
    217
    33

    Look Around For A Less Crowded Evacuation Point In Hopes You Won't Need To Wait In Queue For A Life Boat

  • 3
    157
    31

    Get On The Life Boats Without A Problem

  • 4
    171
    41

    Make A Raft Out Of Luggage

  • 5
    114
    43

    Get To The Highest Point Of The Ship So You're In The Water At The Last Possible Point

  • 6
    131
    66

    Selflessly Assist Women And Children On To The Life Boats

  • 7
    106
    64

    Try To Contact Another Ship Until The End, Hoping Someone Will Come Save You

  • 8
    83
    59

    Pray To Whichever God You Pray To

  • 9
    61
    43

    Preemptively Hold Onto Anything Bolted To The Ship

  • 10
    89
    66

    Get Drunk And Forget The Horrors Of The Current Situation

  • 11
    79
    63

    Raid First Class And Party Like You're Rich

  • 12
    56
    46

    Grab A Gun. You May Need To Keep The Peace Or Stop Men From Taking Seats On The Life Boat

  • 13
    76
    67

    Politely Ask If You Can Get Onto A Life Boat And Step Away If They Say No

  • 14
    61
    67

    Panic, Scream, And Shout

  • 15
    41
    50

    Start Cursing At The Iceberg

  • 16
    41
    54

    Push And Shove Everyone Else Out Of The Way, Forcing Yourself Onto A Life Boat

  • 17
    26
    40

    Swear Vengeance On Icebergs

  • 18
    46
    76

    Jump Off The 'Titanic,' Since You Think You're More Likely To Survive Away From The Dangers Of A Sinking Ship

  • 19
    31
    56

    Go Into The Ship's Quarters And Direct People On How To Get To The Life Boats

  • 20
    30
    60

    Pretend To Be A Woman To Get On The Life Boats

  • 21
    34
    70

    Raid The Kitchen Pantries And Make Yourself A Final Meal

  • 22
    20
    50

    Tell The Band To Shut Up - It's Neither The Time Nor The Place

  • 23
    21
    54

    Play Music So Everyone Else Can Enjoy Their Time And Stay Calm While Sinking

  • 24
    24
    61

    Sink Quietly With The Ship

  • 25
    23
    64

    Try Your Best To Fix The Ship