33 deaths

Everyone knows that 33 people died on the El Faro.

We know that 33 died on the Costa Concodia, too.

And 53 years ago today, 33 died on the Tritanica. Reams have been written about the first two, and nearly nothing of Tritanica.

I wonder, has our cultured changed so much in 50 years? Is life more precious now? Is fog so much less sexy than Italian egos and hurricanes? Our internal industry safety culture has changed, but has the general population’s idea of acceptable risk and consequence changed too? Could we sink a boat in the St. Lawrence today under these circumstances, or have we learned something? Tritanica happened before I was born, so I’m asking you elders: what’s so different now?