What if the Titanic Were to Set Sail Today?

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What if the Titanic Were to Set Sail Today?

Illustration: Mandar Mhaskar


week from now, 106 years ago, the world’s largest ship struck an iceberg and sank into the North Atlantic Ocean. Eighty-five years later, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet indulged in some foreplay on the foredeck of a ship in an incredibly dramatic and memorable movie that told us the story of the “Unsinkable Ship”, successfully ensuring that the disaster personally affected every 14-year-old who spent a New Year’s Eve home alone in the 2000s.

The sinking of the Titanic is remembered as the worst maritime disaster in history, mainly because of the iconic iceberg scene when Leonardo decides to sacrifice himself for the love of his life (who he had just met), Kate Winslet. In reality, 1945 came along and Soviet torpedoes took out a German hospital ship, the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, killing over 9,000 people, and easily took the official title of the world’s worst maritime disaster, kicking Leo and Kate’s momentous love story out of history. But nobody cared because no nude girls were sketched aboard that ship.